Litecoin's block reward has halved.
For now, the network itself doesn't appear to have been significantly affected by the reward drop, though some have speculated that, long-term, the hashrate will fall as profitability for some miners declines.
The litecoin network hashrate saw some fluctuation but is within ranges seen over the past several days, according to CoinWarz.
Markets reacted more significantly around the time of the halving. According to BitcoinWisdom data for OKCoin, litecoin prices in Chinese markets fell sharply but have since seen recovery at press time.
Speculation as to what comes next varies.
Some have predicted a long-term price increase, whereas others see further declines to come after the LTC market ramped and subsequently plunged earlier this summer as concerns about Chinese investment fraud mounted.
External factors in China - the largest market for litecoin – could fuel further volatility in markets moving forward, as the country's stock markets slip further into turmoil.
Images via BitcoinWisdom, CoinWarz, Flickr
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