With the recent release of the new Bitcoin Core client, mining pools will have to start switching over to the latest version at some point. BTCC, one of the largest Chinese mining pools, will be doing exactly that, as the process will take approximately two weeks to complete.
BTCC Prepares For Bitcoin Core 0.12.1
Although it is doubtful this move will decide the “battle” between Bitcoin Core and Bitcoin Classic, BTCC clearly shows they will be sticking with Bitcoin Core no matter what. It is good to see mining pools clearly define their intentions for the coming period, though, as it removes a lot of unnecessary doubt and friction within the Bitcoin community.
As a result of the latest Bitcoin Core release, BTCC will be upgrading all of their servers to the latest version in the coming two weeks. What makes this release, so significant is the first soft fork towards increasing the Bitcoin block size in the coming months, as this change has been coming for quite some time now.