The year-long bear market finally forced many Bitcoin miners to capitulate by either scaling down or shuttering their operations. However, with the decrease in difficulty, some of these smaller establishments might want to get back into the business seeing as it is now easier to mine the top-ranked cryptocurrency.
Back in 2017, the cryptocurrency market was on a high. Almost everything from ICOs to miners was riding high on the back of steadily increasing virtual currency prices. Things even when several notches higher in Q4 as prices increased massively leading to all-time highs for many coins.