After announcing a programming competition on April 17 that would last until May 27, TRON recently listed the winners. The winners include one with the GitHub username “Rovak,” who happens to be in the company’s own development team.
Although the company broke none of its rules for the competition, some users on Reddit are noticeably suspicious, with a number of them comparing this to the Waltonchain Valentine’s Day giveaway that was accused of being rigged.
We have looked a little bit further into this and found that the username “Rovak” belongs to Roy van Kaathoven, a freelance software developer who has been working with the Tron Foundation since March this year.
His GitHub work is full of commits to Tronscan, the foundation’s newest blockchain explorer, which we can safely assume was developed by him.
TRON appeared to have been pleased enough with the software that it didn’t even wait for the May 27th deadline for the competition to end and instead announced Tronscan v2 on May 17 with enthusiasm on Twitter.
For his work on the project, van Kaathoven received a grand prize of $280,000.
The rest of the developers who won prizes in the programming contest don’t appear to have a connection with the Tron Foundation. There’s a former engineering manager at Brooks Instrument, an independent Android developer, and some unknown users in GitHub who presumably have been working on other blockchain and cryptocurrency projects.
To the potential disappointment of those who suspected TRON of rigging the contest in their favor, there doesn’t appear to be anything fishy going on here, though.
Tronscan may well have been the best blockchain explorer developed for them during this competition. The only thing that really sticks out is the foundation announcing its adoption of the explorer ten days before the endeavor was supposed to end.
In the meantime, TRX was listed in Indonesia’s largest exchange, helping the cryptocurrency gain a strong profile in the country.