In a devastating breach of trust, the Bitcoin Gold team has officially confirmed they’ve been pre-mining BTG for some time now ahead of the coming BTG “fork.” This ugly revelation could sink the BTG project before it ever even had a chance to start.
In a bombshell revelation, a Bitcoin Gold developer using the GitHub moniker “h4x3rotab” confirmed the pre-mining of Bitcoin Gold in a Slack conversation regarding the veracity of swirling pre-mining rumors.
This admission counters previous assertions by the BTG team that Bitcoin Gold would not be pre-mined, a development that greatly decreases the value—and trustworthiness—of the project.
BTG, a seemingly promising effort to decentralize mining by allowing GPU mining, is now facing a scandal of doomful proportions. Indeed, many pundits in the crypto space are saying this latest breach of trust is enough to destroy the Bitcoin Gold project permanently.
So it looks like this is a private fork of bitcoin, with a private,hidden premine and after the premine was successful, it's released public https://t.co/nYltmDGy8F
— supr nova pools (@SuprnovaPools) October 23, 2017
Twitter user @SuprnovaPools was the first person to make h4x3rotab’s damning Slack conversation available to the general public.
In @SuprnovaPools’ snapshot, h4x3rotab’s admission is clear:
“Yes, we will have a premine. The amount is not finalized but you can assume it should be less than 1% of the total supply.”
To this end, some citizen investigators on Reddit have come to the conclusion that the Bitcoin Gold developers have already pre-mined over 200,000 BTG coins.
Not only is this pre-mining extremely deceitful, then, but it also means the Bitcoin Gold team can all but dump their pre-mined coins on exchanges post-November 1st.
First, they said premine, then No Premine, Now back to Premine, LOL and snapshot time gap only guarantees the premine will happen, #scam
— gonzobreakout (@gonzobreakout) October 18, 2017
Coinbase, Bittrex Refuse to Support BTG
Two of the world’s most dominant crypto exchanges—Coinbase and Bittrex—have officially come out against supporting the Bitcoin Gold fork.
Coinbase is standing their ground as the BTG devs refuse to release the BTG code, which is a huge “red flag” for Coinbase’s compliance officers.
Bittrex—the 3rd largest exchange in the world—is refusing along similar lines:
“At this time, the information and codebase presented by the Bitcoin Gold team is not in a functional state and Bittrex will not commit to opening a Bitcoin Gold trading market.”
What’s your take? Is Bitcoin Gold showing all the signs of being a scam, or is it getting a bad rap? Sound off in the comments below!
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