OpenBazaar marketplace says it’s set to ‘grow again from the ashes’

The decentralized market OpenBazaar seems set for a comeback after it was shut down over two years in the past, in keeping with plenty of social media and GitHub updates.

A GitHub repository on the collaborative software program growth web site exhibits progress as current as April 12 on constructing a brand new model of {the marketplace} which was shut down in 2020.

Brian Hoffman, the previous mission lead at OpenBazaar and CEO of OB1 — the for-profit firm which developed its software program — tweeted on April 9 of the progress made on a “new” model of {the marketplace} saying it’s “getting extra attention-grabbing by the day.”

Within the replies, Hoffman was requested how {the marketplace} can be completely different this timegiven that due to financial issues and poor person development, OpenBazaar was pressured to close down.

Hoffman replied talking of “freedom of exploration” and inferred that exterior affect had contributed to its preliminary downfall.

The primary hints that OpenBazaar can be launching a comeback got here in a tweet from Hoffman on March 28, the place he linked OpenBazaar’s GitHub web page that confirmed he’d been engaged on a brand new model of {the marketplace} within the programming language Rust.

Simply hours later OpenBazaar’s official account additionally posted a Tweet, which mentioned “it’s now time to develop once more from the ashes,” and that “work has begun.”

Including to the proof that {the marketplace} seems more likely to relaunch, the OpenBazaar website presently bears the message “openbazaar 3.0 – coming quickly.”

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After the change had shut down in 2020, Hoffman tweeted {that a} future iteration of OpenBazaar would require extra independence from OB1, however supplied no extra details about how this may work.

OpenBazaar has been hailed because the decentralized eBay alternative and was first launched again in 2014. It allowed customers to work together immediately with one another to make transactions utilizing Bitcoin (BTC).

{The marketplace} initially had the identify “DarkMarket,” however modified it to OpenBazaar following group enter in an try and improve its public image.

Cointelegraph contacted Hoffman and OpenBazaar for remark however didn’t instantly obtain a response.

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