Vertcoin is a peer-to-peer cryptographic currency, similar to Bitcoin, with one major difference. Vertcoin is aims to keep its network decentralized by ensuring that mining will always be possible using consumer grade hardware. As the forerunner of the digital currency movement, the original Bitcoin developers were unable to perceive all potential threats that would arise to challenge it’s mission as a decentralized currency.
Millions of dollars have been spent by various companies to build application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) computers. These devices made it so GPUs and CPUs were no longer useful in the mining process. As a result, the vast majority of Bitcoin mining and transactions would now be processed by large data centers that required hundreds of thousands, or millions of dollars in investment.