Upon hearing the announcement, investors immediately began rocketing up the Dogecoin price on exchanges. The Dogecoin price–which had fallen from 69 satoshis to 60 over the preceding week–jumped to 71 satoshis on October 22.
Dogecoin now has a market cap of ~$25.4 million, ranking it 5th on the market cap charts and giving it a ~$1.2 million edge on 6th-place Nxt.
The Twitch announcement is important for Dogecoin’s long-term viability. While Dogecoin’s primary emphasis may be fun, the coin is also supposed to be a currency and thus needs to work to increase merchant adoption. Increased merchant acceptance provides infrastructure and lends a coin legitimacy. In the long run, the Dogecoin community will reap huge benefits from the Twitch announcement. Nevertheless, investors should be aware that merchant acceptance often has a negative effect on coin price in the short-term, since merchants almost always exchange the coins for fiat currency. Dogecoin investors should ignore temporary price dips and set their eyes firmly on the future.
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Last modified: October 23, 2014 01:16 UTC