Bitcoin Cash (BCH) advocate Roger Ver recently took to Twitter to share a video of a Hong Kong vending machine which accepts BCH and Ether as payment options but not Bitcoin.
In the video, Ver pointed to Bitcoin’s high fees and congested network as the reason it was likely omitted from the payment options. However, YouTube Bitcoin influencer Tone Vays and trader Willy Woo responded tweeting the it’s more likely Ver paid for Bitcoin’s exclusion.
— Roger Ver (@rogerkver) May 29, 2020
Roger Ver posted the video above of the Hong Kong vending machine transacting a BCH payment. He explained, “You’ll notice there’s Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Binance Coin and some other ones, but there is no Bitcoin at all because its been broken.”
Ver has been outspoken on the topic of fees and network speeds in Bitcoin and believes Bitcoin Cash to be a purer version of Satoshi Nakamoto’s original vision of the cryptocurrency. Ver’s frustrations at the proponents of the Lightning Network—Bitcoin’s most notable scaling solution—came to the forefront at Deconomy 2018 during his famous Bitcoin scaling debate with Samson Mow. Ver’s main arguement is that Bitcoin is not close to enough a practical digital payment solution, while Mow argues that Bitcoin is actually meant to be a settlement system to build scalable payment solutions upon.
Tone Vays and Willy Woo Suspiscious
One of the most popular traders in crypto and YouTube influencer, Tone Vays was not impressed by the video and suspects Ver may have paid for the Hong Kong vending machine to prefer BCH over BTC. Vays also questioned whether the Hong Kong vending machine had ever transacted in BCH since the demonstrative video.
Another popular crypto trader, Willy Woo admitted that his first inclination was to agree with Vays’ assessment. Woo claimed it was common for “lower tier altcoins to pay to get access to ATMS” and thinks the video raises red flags on centralization of the crypto space.
This was my first thought also, it’s common practice for lower tier altcoins to pay to get access to ATMs, which begs the question of how centralised these projects are.
— Willy Woo (@woonomic) May 30, 2020
— Tone Vays – TheFinancialSummit.com (@ToneVays) May 30, 2020
Ver has reportedly denied any involvement with the Hong Kong vending machines choosing Bitcoin Cash over Bitcoin.