Flamboyant cryptopreneur John McAfee‘s Ghost, a privacy-focused digital currency, can now be used to purchase goods from vending machines at Hong Kong Disneyland.
Ghost announced on Twitter that it joined forces with crypto payment system ivendPay to deploy the coin in over 60 vending machines around Hong Kong, including ones at the iconic theme park.
“When we 1st launched $GHOST our vision was not only to focus on #Privacy but also on real user adoption,” Ghost tweeted.
The privacy coin and distributed exchange went live last week amid the ongoing controversy surrounding it. The Ghost distributed exchange replaced the McAfeeDEX distributed exchange in the process, Cointelegraph reported.
The controversial and eccentric McAfee came under fire after it was found parts of the Ghost white paper were “copy-pasted” from open-source protocol PIVX’s white paper. McAfee admitted that plagiarism was involved but still threatened to sue PIVX for defamation.
This is not first time the Hunter Thompson-esque tycoon, who made his fortune with McAfee anti-virus software and recently reinvented himself as a libertarian presidential candidate, has become embroiled in controversy. He has achieved much notoriety in the crypto community with his brushes with the law, rampant drinking and drug use, enthusiasm for guns, and wildly implausible bitcoin price predictions, the most recent of which he now claims was made in jest.
Decrypt recently reported: “It turns out that John McAfee, the eccentric billionaire who made his money from anti-virus software, was having us on all along when he predicted in 2018 that bitcoin would reach $1 million by the end of this year. He has long maintained that, “if not, I will eat my d*** on national television.”
The the 74-year-old tweeted about his lofty prediction: “I’m the person who predicted Bitcoin, the most crippled crypto-tech, would reach $1 mil. Are you one of the persons who did not see the absurd humor in it? If Bitcoin ever hit $1 mil, it’s market cap would be greater than the GDP of the entire North American Continent. What idiot could believe such nonsense?”