Original concept chain
The Bitswift blockchain gave birth to its first public block on September 30th 2014. The concept was simple, to create a quicker version of the Bitcoin protocol and eliminate fees. Back then Bitswift was a simple proof of stake coin, with 3% staking interest, 30 second blocks, and a small community. All four million Bitswift tokens were initially mined on gpus through an X15 mining process until a point which the network switched to pure proof of stake. The mined tokens were sent off to Bittrex for the token distribution. A token distribution is similar to an ico in execution, but with no intention of raising any money on behalf of any companies, in fact there were no companies even behind Bitswift at this time. The Bitswift project consisted of a few ideas, and what we can call a coin promotion group.
The vast majority of the initial members of this group disappeared over time. Few stayed behind and continued to build the project, continuing community development and trying to obtain some level of interest in Bitswift to maintain listing on exchanges. Together this group managed to keep Bitswift tokens floating. As time went on the network was able to fund its own development as Bitswift tokens continuously increased in value and new community members joined and contributed to the project. To this day, through proper management, and the power of crypto, the Bitswift project continues to fund its own development and will do so far into the future.
The move to Nxt and eventually Ardor
The Bitswift dev team started researching other blockchain platforms to see how they could migrate Bitswift forward. They looked into Ethereum, Waves, Nxt and various other technologies. A decision was nearly made to fork Nxt and launch Bitswift with a modified version of Nxt codebase. Through reviewing Nxt the team became aware of Ardor. After reviewing the Ardor platform design, a decision was made to migrate under Ardor as a child chain. The child chain infrastructure seemed to solve all of the problems the dev team was up against, blokchain bloat, reducing fees, light weight clients, stability, security, everything. It just made sense to migrate Bitswift tokens under Ardor so that the Bitswift dev team could devote their energy on platforms that utilize Bitswift tokens rather then worrying about blockchain infrastructure dealings.
To prepare for the Ardor migration Bitswift tokens were manually swapped by users from the original Bitswift blockchain into a Nxt asset in a 1 to 1 manner. Official announcement made by Bittrex at the time can be found here: https://support.bittrex.com/hc/en-us/articles/115000719871-Support-for-the-Bitswift-SWIFT-blockchain-swap-to-an-NXT-asset . This Bitswift asset in Nxt was used as a placeholder for user balances while Ardor was in the final stages of development. When Ardor launched into production on January 1st 2018 the Bitswift asset on Nxt was frozen and balance totals reflected in a 1 to 1 manner in Bitswifts new Ardor child chain. Bitswift users now able to log into Ardor using their Nxt passphrase and their Bitswift balances being available.
This leads us to the Bitswift you see today, an Ardor child chain with a growing community and a proper dev team who cares about the project. The focus no longer on creating a quicker version of the Bitcoin protocol, but on integrating users and business to token ecosystems through Bitswift tokens and the Bitswift blockchain platform.
Canadian based corporations have been launched in the name of Bitswift to ensure the blockchain and its products can interface and integrate with reality and so that its intellectual property may be protected
Bitswift Token Burn
As part of the development process, the Bitswift dev team eliminated (burned) 176727.2540738 Bitswift tokens from circulation on 04-Dec-2017 22:22:48. The tokens were deleted using the delete asset option within the Nxt platform. The transaction ID on the Nxt blockchain related to the token burn is 16081451041357660464.
The result of this burn increased the individual Bitswift token valuation as now there are less tokens available in the supply pool with increasing demand.
Bitswift on Ardor
On January 1st 2018, 00:00:00 UTC Bitswift tokens were successfully migrated from the Nxt asset placeholder to the Ardor child chain as part of the Ardor genesis launch. Bitswift is now a fully functional blockchain within the Ardor platform. The Bitswift market remained closed on Bittrex exchange during the migration to the new child chain.
The Ignis Credit
A 10% allocation of the total Bitswift supply was donated by the Bitswift developers to blanket on top of all Ignis holders at the time of Ardor launch. On January 1st 2018, all Ignis holders were credited with Bitswift tokens proportional to their Ignis balance. For every approximately 2500 Ignis tokens on account, the user would have received 1 Bitswift token as part of the airdrop.
2018 Bittrex Re-open
Bittrex re-activated the Bitswift market on 2/9/2018 with the Bitswift market now hooked to the Bitswift child chain under the Ardor platform. Bittrex also choosing to run their own Bundler on the Bitswift chain to ensure they can guarantee transaction fees at a set rate to service user withdrawals.