Almost two years ago, a group of Bitcoin developers, including Amir Taaki, developed an early prototype of a decentralized marketplace during the Toronto Bitcoin Expo Hackathon. The team behind the project, which also included developers from Airbitz, won the hackathon for their work on DarkMarket, but they had no intention of working on the concept once the expo was over.
Shortly after the creation of DarkMarket, a group of new developers, including Brian Hoffman and Sam Patterson, forked the project and rebranded it as OpenBazaar. Today, the first full version of OpenBazaar has been released on the project’s official website.
What’s in This First Release?
Although the first full version of OpenBazaar is now available, it does not come with all of the features that users will likely want to see in an online, decentralized marketplace. Having said that, all of the tools for launching an online store with essentially no upfront costs are now available when merchants combine Bitcoin with this new merchant platform.
In comments shared with Bitcoin Magazine, OpenBazaar Project Lead and OB1 CEO Hoffman described the features available in this first release:
“This version is complete from end to end to allow purchase