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In an interview with TechCrunch last week, Ethereum’s co-founder, Vitalik Buterin, said that he hopes that centralized exchanges go “burn in hell”. Changpeng Zhao, CEO of Binance, though, is not having it.

Last week, Vitalik Buterin, who is well-known for his directness, called out centralized cryptocurrency exchanges, saying:

I definitely hope centralized exchanges go burn in hell as much as possible.

Needless to say, the statement quickly spread across the crypto community like wildfire. Changpeng Zhao, the CEO of Binance – currently the world’s second largest cryptocurrency exchange by means of 24-hour traded volumes – expressed his opinion on the matter.

Got asked a few times, re: “Vitalik’s burn in hell”.

Let’s not wish others to “burn in hell”. Let’s have a bigger heart, and appreciate the fact that we are part of an eco-system… pic.twitter.com/4QYGKus0Gk

— CZ (not giving crypto away) (@cz_binance) July 10, 2018

All in the Same Boat

Zhao pointed out the necessity of seeing the bigger picture. He noted that fiat currency has, in fact, had a huge impact on the development of its decentralized counterpart. He outlined that if it wasn’t for fiat currency and centralized exchanges, digital coins would have had far less liquidity and that the industry itself would have been a lot smaller.

As Zhao notes:

Just because someone else is doing the lowly grunt work, doesn’t make them dirty.

Interestingly enough, despite wishing all cryptocurrency exchanges to “burn in hell,” Vitalik also acknowledged the fact that decentralized exchanges are only going to become prominent at a later point. The co-founder of Ethereum also pointed out that centralized exchanges are only viable because they serve as a gateway between cryptocurrencies and fiat.

Zhao pointed out that there is no true decentralization and that if a project has a core team, it still has a sense of centralization. He even called out Buterin himself, saying:

Today, Vitalik probably has more king-like powers than anyone else in the industry, and has used it, by serving

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