Binance will support Ethereum’s “Merge,” expected in September, and will evaluate if it would list any newly forked tokens, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume said on Wednesday.

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Fast facts

  • Binance said it is closely monitoring the development of the merge, which could potentially result in new forked tokens.
  • “In case of new forked tokens, Binance will evaluate the support for distribution and withdrawal of the forked tokens,” the crypto exchange added.
  • “The Merge” is intended to shift the Ethereum blockchain from its current proof-of-work (PoW) consensus mechanism to a proof-of-stake (PoS) model, which is believed to be more secure, less energy-intensive and better for implementing scaling solutions. The change is expected to occur on Sept. 19.
  • Such a merge, which can impact the network’s mining operations built on the PoW model, has prompted some miners to suggest forking Ethereum to retain a PoW version of the blockchain.
  • Issuers of Tether and USDC, two of the largest stablecoins, said earlier this week that they will support Ethereum’s upcoming PoS chain.

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