Coinbase announced the support for Dogecoin on the Coinbase wallet on 1st May 2019. The announcement was a shock to everyone in the cryptocurrency community. But it was even more shocking to the developers of Dogecoin, who had no idea that Coinbase was going to add Dogecoin support.
Dogecoin’s core team had tried the listing of Dogecoin on Coinbase in the past but to no avail. In October 2018, Dogecoin’s creator Jackson Palmer publicly stated that “Coinbase listing is nearly impossible, due to the legal documents they require”.
Ross Nicoll one of the lead developer working on Dogecoin core, said,
“Coinbase wallet adding Dogecoin was a surprise to me, certainly. One of the fun parts of working in a decentralized project is sometimes others just grab a task and run with it, though, so I can’t swear no one external was involved.”
According to Ross a combination of factor, which includes a decentralized enthusiastic team, promotion by Elon Musk, and release of new Dogecoin candidate, caused Coinbase to add support for Dogecoin.
Maximilian Keller, another Dogecoin lead developer shared a similar sentiment. He said,
“We did try to get in contact with [Coinbase], but not very seriously,” he said. “But integration into their wallet, that just happened out of the blue, pretty much.”
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