The Yes Votes Are In: EOS Blockchain to Launch Imminently

The launch of the EOS blockchain has been a giant experiment in remote self-organization.

Tonight, it took a big leap forward. As anticipated, candidates for the role of validators or “block producers” (EOS’s equivalent of bitcoin miners) located all over the world voted “Go” to take the mainnet live.

EOS is a distributed proof-of-stake blockchain created by Block.One, whose co-founder, Dan Larimer, has pioneered similar systems with BitShares and Steem. The company raised $4 billion to develop the open source software over a year-long initial coin offering.

No one really knew what would happen when the company turned its code over to the world, but with this vote it’s coming more clear.

As the software approached release, a group of organizations vying to serve as block producers found each other and formed the EOS Mainnet Launch Group (EMLG). They have so far managed to agree on a number of things, most importantly that they would launch one mainnet for EOS.

Well over 100 candidate organizations participated in a call that started gathering at 1:00 UTC Saturday and the vote occurred roughly 45 minutes later, as over 1800 people watched. The vote to “Go / No Go” was unanimous or very nearly so; the moderators did not report out a final count. The meeting was streamed on YouTube by EOS GO…

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