BTG is a cryptocurrency that’s been built around Bitcoin essentials.
It can be mined using typical GPU setups so there’s no need to spend a fortune on ASIC rigs and cooling. This is good news because ASICs are out of the reach of most people but well within the reach of big investors who tend to take over the market by flooding it with investment and forcing out the small guys.
GPU mining makes it easier for people of more modest means to mine again, which is cause for celebration in some quarters. The whole point of cryptocurrency was supposed to be the decentralization of payment systems, and the advent of BTG now helps to restore that independence. Its GPU mining rewards go to small players all over the world, instead of lining the pockets of ASIC mining bosses, resurrecting the network effects that were around in the early days of bitcoin.