In a tweet only hours old, the team in charge of development at Ethereum Classic (ETC), threw in the towel citing funding difficulties that made it hard for them to continue operations. The tweet included a screenshot of an announcement from ETCDEV’s founder and CTO, Igor Artamonov, that stated the following:
As is publicly known we have struggled with funding our operation in the last few weeks. This was partially due to the market crash, combined with a cash crunch in the company.
We appealed to investors in the ecosystem as well as external to it. We also did the community fund, but in none of these cases were we successful in securing short-term financing.
The full tweet can be found below.
Unfortunately ETCDEV cannot continue to work in the current situation and has to announce shutdown of our current activities pic.twitter.com/N6xWnpBNJJ
— ETCDEV (@etcdev) December 3, 2018
Does This Mark the End of The Road for Ethereum Classic?
Further checking coinmarketcap.com, ETC has fallen 13.3% in the last 24 hours due to the news of the development team throwing in the towel. Early Monday found ETC trading at around $5.08. The digital asset is now valued at $4.52 as news continues to reach the crypto-verse about the fate of ETCDEV.
ETC had shown some much needed momentum when it was listed on Coinbase this August. However, any market gains have been eroded by the bear market. The announcement by ETCDEV might be the nail in the coffin that seals the fate of ETC in the markets.
A Polite Plea for Funding From the Community
On the 2nd of December, the team at ETCDEV had asked the ETC community if they would be willing to help fund operations at the development company. 59% of a total of 692 community members responded that they would NOT contribute to fund ETCDEV. A screenshot of the current results can be found below.
Who is the Ethereum Classic (ETC) Development Team
According to the team’s website, the ETC Development team is responsible for the following functions in the Ethereum Classic ecosystem.
ETCDEV is a leading Ethereum Classic development company with a strong focus on decentralized computing providing long term support for the ETC blockchain.
The ETCDEV team maintains Classic Geth, the main client for the ETC blockchain. We also contributed original projects, such as Emerald to help others develop on the ETC blockchain, Emerald Wallet for end users, and SputnikVM as a standalone, modular, embeddable and IoT ready EVM.
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