Sui CTO Sam Blackshear Criticizes Aptos Network for Pressure Tactics at MoveConLive

In a surprising move, Sam Blackshear, the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Sui Network, has criticized Aptos Network for allegedly pressuring Pontem Network into removing prominent speakers and organizations from the upcoming MoveConLive event. MoveConLive is a community-organized conference dedicated to promoting the Move programming language, a blockchain-agnostic language developed by Facebook’s Diem Association.

Blackshear took to Twitter to express his disappointment in Aptos Network for allegedly pressuring Pontem Network into removing Tylor Nowacki, Damir Khamidullin, and Shayan Sanjideh as speakers at the event. He also accused Aptos Network of eliminating the Sui Foundation from the list of participating organizations. Blackshear argued that Nowacki and Khamidullin are “Move OGs” who have contributed significantly to the development of the Move language, and would have had a lot to offer to the community at the conference.

Sui CTO Sam Blackshear

Blackshear further emphasized that Move is a community-owned, multi-chain language, and it is crucial to be inclusive and curious about the knowledge and experience of everyone in the Move community. He called for “Move peace and unity,” stating that no one wins in a language war.

Blackshear’s criticism of Aptos Network’s alleged actions has sparked a conversation within the Move community, with many expressing support for his stance. Some have even called for a boycott of the MoveConLive event. However, others have pointed out that there may be more to the story, and it is essential to hear from all sides before passing judgment.

MoveConLive organizers have yet to comment on the matter, and it remains unclear whether Aptos Network did indeed pressure Pontem Network to remove speakers and organizations from the event. Nonetheless, Blackshear’s comments have brought to light the importance of inclusivity and cooperation in the development of blockchain programming languages like Move. It will be interesting to see how the Move community responds to this controversy and whether it will affect the success of MoveConLive.

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