The Bitcoin.com domain is one of the most sought-after in the cryptocurrency space. It’s owned by Bitcoin Cash supporter Roger Ver who recently redesigned it. The website’s new design, according to Bitcoin users, promotes Bitcoin Cash (BCH) as Bitcoin, and dubs Bitcoin “Bitcoin Core.”
Bitcoin Core refers to the cryptocurrency’s software client, which was originally named “Bitcoin,” but was later on renamed to distinguish the network from the cryptocurrency. On Bitcoin.com’s website and wallets, Bitcoin Cash appears first and often with the BTC ticker, a move that can potentially confuse users.
On the company’s block explorer, for example, Bitcoin Cash is displayed with a BTC ticker, while Bitcoin Core has a BCH ticker next to it. This has outraged the Bitcoin community, and has been controversial among Bitcoin Cash supporters as some believe the cryptocurrency would be able to compete on its own, without fighting for the bitcoin brand.
A Brewing Lawsuit
The Bitcoin vs. Bitcoin Cash debate is seemingly going to court, as a lawsuit is being organized on a Telegram chat room. It was created by popular Twitter user @MoneyTrigz, and at press time has 902 members.
The group reportedly attracted some influential community members, including early Bitcoin entrepreneur Charlie Shrem, Xotika.TV CEO John Carvalho, and others. Some have been asking Roger Ver to stop his alleged fraud, and asking the community to report the Bitcoin.com wallet on app stores.
While MoneyTriz created the group, he claims no one is in charge of it. In it, members are so far getting ready for the legal battle, with some sharing stories of how they lost funds because of Bitcoin.com’s conduct.
In the group chat, one user wrote:
“Well I bought the Bitcoin cash that was pretending it was the real bitcoin… then later on I discovered that it was not the real one but a new Bitcoin that is not compatible with the old one.”