Editors Note: We have corrected this story to contain Andrew’s correct Twitter account and that Garza had initially challenged him.
The Director of the Litecoin Association Andrew Vegetabile (@TheRealMage) has publicly challenged Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong to a public debate over his recent Twitter comments regarding the validity of altcoins. This debate will take place on a radio program if accepted by Armstrong.
The original tweet from Armstrong declared that altcoins are a distraction from bitcoin and side chains.
Ripple, Stellar, and Altcoins are all a distraction. Bitcoin is way too far ahead. We should be focused on bitcoin and sidechains
— Brian Armstrong (@brian_armstrong) February 23, 2015
Armstrong’s comments garnered a strong reaction from many in the alt coin communities and those who consider themselves long on bitcoin.
In the midst of the tweets from Armstrong, Vegetabile tweeted a reply stating he wished to have a public debate with Armstrong.
@brian_armstrong Care to discuss on a radio show the legitimacy of alts with me since you seem so convinced there is no future for them?
— TheMage (@TheRealMage) February 24, 2015
Vegetabile was also challenged by Homero Joshua Garza to a debate recently that Garza later reneged on. Now it appears the Litecoin Association Director would like a public challenge regarding the validity of Armstrong’s comments.
Whether or not Armstrong will take Vegetabile’s offer up or not remains to be seen. Vegetabile told Coin Fire in an email,
I feel that if a CEO is so bold as to make a statement and attempt to shut down all other markets he should be able to back up his assertions.