Editor’s note: The article’s headline has been amended to clarity.
According to Coin.Dance, a reputable Bitcoin network data provider, there are about 600% more Bitcoin Cash ABC nodes than Bitcoin SV (“Satoshi Vision”) nodes. Bitcoin Cash ABC enjoys the support of three major exchanges: Bitpay, Binance, and Coinbase, while Bitcion Cash SV has the backing and blessing of the largest Bitcoin Cash mining pool, Coingeek.
The keyword in the last sentence there is “pool.” Individual miners are free to mine whatever their hardware will allow them to, and membership in a given pool is voluntary and sometimes fleeting. At time of writing, BCHABC was trading noticeably higher on the only reputable exchange listing it along with BCHSV and BCH, Poloniex.
An “ABC Coin” was worth $414 while an “SV Coin” was worth $113. Having one of each would be about $2 less than simply having a Bitcoin Cash coin, at this point, but this can be attributed to the fact that actual trading still hasn’t really opened up – trades at this point can be called cautious at best.
Node Count Isn’t Everything
It is relatively cheap to launch a Bitcoin node. While it would be theoretically more expensive to run a Bitcoin Cash node of any sort long-term, due to allegedly larger hard drive requirements, the overwhelming majority of blocks in the Bitcoin Cash chain have been far less than their limit of 32MB.
It should be noted here that the Bitcoin Cash SV fork will immediately increase blocksize ot 128MB. In any case, a single user with an account somewhere like Digital Ocean or Linnode could conceivably launch dozens of nodes for a few hundred dollars.