Vice Industry Token Cancels Steem Airdrop (And SMT Use) - Goes To Own Blockchain, Adjusts ICO Rewards
Previous readers of my blog will have seen my whitepaper review of VIT, or the "Vice Industry Token". To TLDR it for you, I demonstrated my relative lack of confidence in it with truly Shakespearean language.
The reason this was of interest to all Steem holders was the fact that VIT intended to air-drop (or grant for free) a large portion of their ICO tokens to holders of Steem Power (at a previous block number) at a future date. Vice first announced they would not be using SMTs, but would continue to reward Steem holders, and then later further clarified that they were cancelling the planned airdrop entirely and allocating those tokens back to their ICO as an additional bonus for purchases via Ethereum.
At any rate, we now have no horse in this race and are free to speculate as to the reasons for this change. Conveniently, that's about all we can do, since we don't really know what is going on over there at the "world's premier adult blockchain."
As for the possible reasons Vice pulled out of their plans of using a Steem Smart Media Token rather than their own blockchain...let's speculate frivolously!
As Vice correctly point out in their CM's Medium post, Vice really had no reason to support an air-drop to Steem Holders after they decided not to use the Steem blockchain or Smart Media Tokens. Reallocating these VIT tokens back to ICO contributors makes solid game-theoretical sense. Given how logical this explanation is, it's hard to hold any malice towards VIT for not randomly gifting hodl'ers of a now-totally-unrelated project with a large portion of their ICO.
However, this doesn't explain why Vice decided not to use SMTs...it simply explains the reason for the air-drop cancellation, after the fact.
Vice may be privy to more information than we are. Perhaps SMT development has been delayed materially and, as a "future partner", they were privy to this reality. This might have caused them to expect to miss deadlines. Large backers such as Penthouse could have been breathing down their necks on certain non-public deadlines.
Vice could have any number of complaints about Steem, though none seem readily apparent. Perhaps competition from Dporn was a concern.
This seems an unlikely explanation, and as noted by @Exyle , they likely have a lot more work in front of them than they probably realize.
Good luck Vice. You're probably going to need it! (Although you've already raised way more Eth than I thought you would so, uh, that's good for you I guess.)
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Disclaimer: This is not financial advice and I am not a financial advisor.
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