Bitcoin Cash price jump

What is the reason for a huge price spike of Bitcoin Cash? 
17 October 2017   657

Bitcoin Cash, the fork of original Bitcoin showing big price jump in recent hours.

Bitcoin Cash price chart
Bitcoin Cash price chart

As you can see on the chart above, huge jump (over 10%) happened only few hours ago (about 8.00-9.00, 17th of October, 2017). At the moment of press, Bitcoin Cash gained 11.33% in less than 24%. Marketcap is $5,813,016,133, and average price is $348.03.

Reason for a jump

So, what is the reason for this huge price spike? Well, less than a day ago, Bitcoin dot com resource released big statement called "Bitcoin Cash is Bitcoin". As a conlcusion, Bitcoin dot com team says that 

The position that Bitcoin Cash is Bitcoin is based on its adherence to the design goals and intended purpose that Bitcoin was created to fulfill.
On October 13, 2017, Bitcoin Unlimited Chief Scientist Peter Rizun announced that their Gigablock Testnet Initiative successfully mined and propagated the first ever 1GB block. Such test results demonstrate that the Bitcoin network can scale to compete directly with mainstream payment processors (10,000 transactions per second and higher vs. Visa’s average 3,000 transactions per second). Bitcoin Cash, with its more realistic approach to scaling, is well-positioned to become a worldwide peer-to-peer electronic cash system.
Based on the arguments presented above, Bitcoin Cash (BCC) is the only fork of Bitcoin that resembles a natural continuation of the original Bitcoin invention. All Segwit chains have altered so many fundamental properties of Bitcoin that it seems a stretch to refer to any of them by the Bitcoin name.
 

Bitcoin.com team statement

We will keep our eye on this situation. So, stay tuned to get the hottest news. 

Athena Bitcoin adds Bitcoin Cash to its ATMs

Athena Bitcoin adds support for Bitcoin Cash to their machines
19 February 2018   71

Rising interest in Bitcoin Cash has made a big impact on cryptocurrency market and service providers alike. The rising exchange rates and more widespread support on exchange platforms contributes to the fact. And this can;t be ignored by companies involved in Bitcoin ATM business. They wouldn't want to be left on the side in such a quick-rising market. So Athena Bitcoin took a logical step and added support for Bitcoin Cash to their ATMs.

In the case of Athena Bitcoin, it's an interesting step because of many reasons. The don't plan to drop Bitcoin anytime soon, so it's just an expansion of bases, rather than a complete turnover. Also added support will be interesting to statistics, because Athena's widespread coverage in several US states will allow to see, whether or not BCH is more popular than BTC in some states.

Bitcoin Cash support will also allow for BCH to fiat conversion with two-way machines available in Athena's network. Added competition doesn't thrill Bitcoin Core community, but BCH enthusiasts are quite happy with this situation.

So far Athena Bitcoin is one of the first providers to give such opportunity to the masses, so it would be interesting to see if other ATM networks will follow the example. Decisions like that are always more than a little controversial so we'll have to wait and see if it pays off.