Bitcoin Maximalist Claims Manipulation in Recent SBI Backing Venture

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Bitcoin Maximalist Claims Manipulation in Recent SBI Backing Venture

In yet another jousting session, Twitter user WhalePanda outlined the potential ways in which the Bitcoin Cash team may have taken advantage of Japanese technology provider SBI BITS Co., Ltd., and nChain, a British blockchain research group. The original announcement on December 6, 2017, stated that the two would be partnering to “to collaborate on cryptocurrency growth initiatives, focused especially on the Bitcoin Cash network.”

Massive Bitcoin Cash Backing

Following the press release, many in the sector swiftly celebrated the move as a win for Bitcoin Cash. The joint venture would spell greater adoption of the cryptocurrency, especially in Asian markets. The preference for a larger block size was cited as a reason for backing the hard fork:

“In addition, SBI BITS and nChain intend to work together on other projects supporting the Bitcoin Cash network.  Both SBI Group and nChain Group share a commitment to massive on-chain scaling of the bitcoin network, in order to create a network that powers faster transactions with low fees, makes confirmation times reliable once again, and achieves enterprise-level capabilities. They believe that the Bitcoin Cash chain reflects this vision better than the original bitcoin chain (because Bitcoin Cash has a larger initial default block size of 8MB, compared to the artificial 1MB block limit on the original bitcoin chain, and has plans to lift the block size even further with appropriate testing).”

The parent company of SBI BITS, SBI Group Inc., made the first move into the crypto space back in October. The Japanese firm launched eight different crypto business ventures including mining, an exchange platform, and a cryptocurrency payment card through Wirex in order to take advantage of the growing market demand.

Controversy between Crypto Factions

Insofar as supporters of Bitcoin Cash rejoiced the news, skeptics remained unconvinced. One theory indicates that Roger Ver and Craig Steven Wright “bamboozled” the Japanese tech firm. The Japanese news agency App Times quoted Yoshitaka Kitao, CEO of SBI Holdings, as having spoken directly with Satoshi Nakamoto during considerations to support the Bitcoin Cash network.

This information poses a handful of problems to the true identity of Satoshi Nakamoto and the potential persuasion tactics conducted by the Bitcoin Cash team. It should be noted that experts are still unclear as to the identity of the Bitcoin creator that the SBI CEO claimed to have spoken with.

Naturally, bitcoin maximalist WhalePanda spoke out against this line of thinking. The defender of Bitcoin Core also iterated the importance of educational standards in the crypto space.

If we are to take anything away from this event, it is that the ability to detect foul-play in the crypto-space is increasingly difficult. This coupled with massive moves of international firms, some of which are non-native English speakers, and new technology, there is a lot of room for controversy.


Disclaimer: The author holds both bitcoin and bitcoin cash.

Liam J Kelly

Liam was an Editor in Chief at BTCManager where he reported on all things blockchain and fintech related. Many of his pieces revolve around key players in the sector, analysis of technical features, and regional updates. He is based in Berlin, Germany. He has since gone on to write for other major publications in emerging tech and industries.