The Bitcoin Cash Miners Meeting was held in Bangkok on August 31st, and it was much more eventful and dramatic than expected. The meeting has a lot of secrecy around it, but reports indicate that Vitalik Buterin was escorted out, while Craig Wright left within an hour of the meeting starting.
Wright has a reputation for forgery in the industry, and is also been accused of fraud by multiple experts in the crypto field, like Vitalik Buterin, Peter Rizun, Charlie Lee, and others. Even his own mother said that he is prone to lying in an interview with Andrew O’Hagan for the London Review of Books in 2016. After the miners’ meeting, it appears as though Wright decided to block Roger Ver.
This blocking came to light when Roger Ver showed a notification that he’d unfollowed Wright, but he stated,
“I didn’t unfollow him. He blocked me.”
However, he says that he is unaware of the reason for being blocked. When asked if he thought Wright’s actions had anything to do with their discussion at the meeting, he added,
“Craig didn’t even attend 95% of the meeting. He left almost immediately after his own presentation. Calvin Ayre didn’t attend at all.”
One of the attendees, Jonald Fyookball, commented on Wright’s actions during the meeting, saying,
“While ABC dev Shammah Chancellor was speaking, Dr. Wright suddenly decided to leave the conference, exclaiming ‘Lies and B*******!”
“I honestly do not remember much of the rest of the Q&A, as this disruption was quite distracting, although other nChain representatives denied that the ABC answer was ‘b*******.’”
Some people believe that Wright blocked Ver over a tweet, which read,
“Patents are an illegitimate government granted monopoly.”
Ver happens to be among the group that believe it. Right now, Wright, and the companies partnered with him, say that they have acquired multiple patents. In fact, during a recent discussion on the protocols of BCH, he was seen waving them around.
One person, who it seems has discussed the issue with Wright, said,
“He blocked you because you appear to be dead set on ABC’s roadmap.”
BitcoinABC is one of the main clients for Bitcoin Cash, and they have many upgrades planned that developers seemed to be in favor of during meetings that were hosted months ago. Everything is ready, but Wright waited until it was publicly announced to go after their claims that it would improve security.
Since these concerns have come to light, Wright has created this story of how a new BCH Blockstream is evolving into the second layer, with a proposal on data compressions being used as SegWit. This seemed to concern a lot of people, since Wright has no coding knowledge, but has become such a loud voice on the matter that he believed that he had a role in determining the result of protocol debates. By taking advantage of his supposed seat, there seemed to be a lot of chaos surrounding Bitcoin Unlimited and BitcoinABC, making it more challenged than it was before.
Ver has stayed on a safe middle ground in these talks, but it seems like he has bitten his tongue for a long enough time. Without Ver on his side anymore, Wright is now in an unsupported territory, which is only made worse by assuming his opinion held more weight than it did. Still, it does not seem like his lies about being Satoshi or even that he has enough skill to put code together are ending any time soon. Hopefully, there will soon be more information released about this meeting to give investors and developers greater certainty about their future.