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Sia developer calls out Bitmain for “playing dirty”; Bitmain fires back

Yesterday Sia coin developer David Vorick posted a lengthy article about the state of ASIC mining in the current crypto-landscape.  The article, which you can read here, provided a lengthy narrative about the issues Sia developers have had bringing their in-house Obelisk Sia ASIC miner to market.  Many of the points Vorick touches on are a rehash of a previous post regarding Obelisk issues, but the recent post delves further into Chinese manufacturing issues.  The post concludes by insinuating that mining manufacturing giant Bitmain was manipulating the Chinese market to exclude new players.

“When we started Obelisk, we had numerous separate sources reach out and warn us that Bitmain plays dirty, and that if we try to manufacture in China, we will be stopped.”

The article is in-depth, and touches on a number of points regarding ASIC mining and ASIC resistance that have been the topic of conversation for mining enthusiasts concerned about the centralization of hash power by large organizations.  We suggest anyone interested in what mining looks like in the future give this article a thorough read.

Bitmain responded to Mr. Vorick’s post today, stating that “[with] the truly vast number and diversity of suppliers in China, it’s difficult to consider that Bitmain could possibly exert such powerful control over a competitor’s supply chain to the degree the article suggests.”  The short rebuttal continues by pointing out Bitmain’s commitment to fighting centralization of miners by their per-customer limit on new devices.

Bitmain is often the focus of community outcry due to their overwhelming command over the ASIC mining market.  Let H/S know what you think about the matter by tweeting us your opinion or joining the conversation on Reddit.  We look forward to your comments.

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