Key Takeaways

  • Dfinity founder Dominic Williams has proposed a fork of the Internet Computer network called Badlands.
  • The new fork would come with a new token that would be airdropped to ICP holders.
  • Critics have raised concerns about launching a new blockchain and token.

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Dfinity’s founder Dominic Williams has shared tentative plans of an Internet Computer fork called Badlands. However, some community members have opposed the plans.

Dfinity Faces More Criticism

Three months after Dfinity’s Internet Computer went live, the project’s founder Dominic Williams has proposed a fork of the blockchain.

In a blog post, Williams conceptualized a new blockchain called Badlands. The post explained how Badlands would act as a sister network to Internet Computer, a highly scalable blockchain network Williams founded.

Williams said that the team would fork the Internet Computer and issue a new Badlands token, BDL. The token would be airdropped to holders of ICP, the native token of Internet Computer, and a portion would be sold in a crowdsale, with the proceeds used for research and development, Williams said.

While some community members expressed excitement over the news, others criticized the proposal and questioned the motive behind issuing a separate new blockchain and token.

Among the critics, Jordan Last, a well-known developer working on Internet Computer said that Badlands should be deployed as a subnet rather than launched as a separate chain. A subnet is an application-specific blockchain network within the Internet Computer.

Although the decision currently remains undecided, Williams said that he would prefer to launch a new token through a network fork instead of a subnet.

The ICP Debacle

Other critics say that a new token could exacerbate the previous ICP token distribution debacle that took place following the mainnet launch in May.

A report by Arkham Intelligence alleged that the Dfinity team front-ran investors through their distribution of ICP tokens. Arkham found that the team allegedly forced vesting schedules upon seed investors and airdrop holders, while insiders at the firm were able to liquidate unvested allocations of the token.

This schedule allegedly contributed to ICP’s price drop from $730 to around $38, the equivalent of a 95% drawdown. The crash wiped over $300 billion in value in less than a month, making it one of the fastest in crypto history.

Rather than clearing up Arkham’s accusation, Dfinity has chosen to remain silent on the issue. However, Williams responded to a Dfinity fan’s question about the report claiming that it was “sponsored by a competitor.”

Williams claims that the Badlands network will be open to everyone to run nodes using cheap device configurations like the Raspberry Pi. This would overcome the need for buying expensive hardware currently needed to run a node for Internet Computer.

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