Justin Sun responds to accusation of misleading developers in $1 million TRON Dapp contest
Some believe that the famous $1 million blockchain dapp development competition by TRON is misleading developers. In fact, a redditor, 9hil, posted a warning stating “something fishy is going on with the TRON Accelerator $1m developer contest”. However, founder Justin Sun took to Reddit to clear the FUD related to this and explained each of the doubts that the redditor pointed out.
Justin Sun stated that to provide complete transparency they’re answering some of the popular questions related to the competition. Sun went on to explain that this is the “first time” they’ve organized a competition with “such high traction” and apologizes for all the inconveniences caused.
One of the prime things pointed out by the redditor 9hil is that “they changed the prizes after the contest ended.” To which Sun explained, “Reasons for changing the prize structure after submission were: We were excited to see an unexpectedly high volume of project submissions, however, most of the projects were at its earlier stage and some of the developers were getting used to developing on TRON, most of the projects had a lots potentials. Thus, instead of giving out to 56 projects, we have lowered some of the prize amounts and increased to as many as 108 recipient teams.”According to the prize structure, they have an “extra prize pool/grant fund” that they promise to reward it to outstanding and committing projects from TRON Accelerator competition.
Redditor accused TRON stating, “They allowed clones to win but not the original clone onto TRX.” Sun explained it stating, “We have taken communities’ feedback seriously and after internal discussions, we came to an agreement that TRON Anthills project should be canceled with the $1,000 prize.”
The next accusation was, “They allowed contestants to win who didn’t meet the criteria (being on mainnet); They allowed projects that aren’t open source to win; The Grand Winner is a mysterious project with barely any info available.” Sun responded stating that they were just one of the winners and not the grand winner. He added that they won $20K instead of $200K and posted the screenshot of the mail sent to the project team.
“We do NOT require participating projects to be open sourced. STOken team shared their GitHub link and we have done technical DD on the codes; Some projects shared with us their private repo, even some projects did not share their codes, but since they had really polished front end such as games…We don’t own any piece of the project per on the official website since some developers were concerned about code privacies, which is fine with us too,” he explained.
Sun also added that STO issuance platform on TRON was found to be interesting and had a unique category in the competition. “After interviewing with the team, we liked their future roadmaps and commitment to TRON’s ecosystem, thus, we’ve decided to award them a $20,000 prize,” he wrote.
The next accusation was, “They haven’t posted a public list of the winners.” To answer this Sun explained how the judging process worked. The first stage was filtering the submitted the point rating system. Second stage was tech review on some of the projects, in the third stage they sent some of the leading projects to judges to review and finally started to announce the winners from a lower prize to higher. “As of right now, we have a primary list, however, we are still working on the background check of a couple projects, a final list of winners will be announced by the end of Monday, Jan 14th, PST. We will also post the list on a variety of media and social platforms to provide full transparency,” he added.
9hil accused, “There was a “screening” before the dApps were being even given to the judges (by who? based on what?) One of the judges himself does not have the final results yet the email claims that all prizes were announced through emails.” Sun explained that the “screening” colleagues were Alvin Xu, Darcy Yang, Haiyang Zhang, and Shusen Yang, based on the above standards. The redditor also accused TRON stating, “Some blatant ponzi games have won prizes.” Sun made it clear, “We do not discriminate the category of dApp games, only focus on judging criteria.”
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