iFinex Financial Technologies Limited, which operates the Bitfinex cryptocurrency exchange, has announced Ethereum chain split tokens (CSTs) to help prepare for all eventualities as the Ethereum merge nears. 

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Fast facts

  • “The Merge” upgrade involves the Ethereum blockchain’s transition from the proof-of-work (PoW) consensus mechanism to proof of stake (PoS), and is expected to happen mid-to-late September.
  • Bitfinex’s new CST tokens — ETHW (PoW) and ETHS (PoS) — will be available in trading pairs on the derivative platform, the exchange said in a statement.  
  • The exchange said it has identified three potential scenarios, and the ETHW and ETHS tokens are designed to help users prepare for any outcome.
  • In case there is no consensus change on the current Ethereum, ETHS will expire and ETH will be given in exchange for each ETHW holding, the exchange said.
  • However, in case of a successful consensus change with no fork, ETHW will expire and ETH will be given in exchange for each ETHS holding.
  • Users will be credited with their respective ETHW and ETHS tokens, in the event of a successful fork and a successful consensus change for Ethereum, the company said. 
  • These tokens will expire on Dec. 31. 

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