According to a Twitter post on Dec. 11, SHHAN, the creator of the black cat non-fungible token (NFT) pool, explained to users why he blocked posts on social media pages written in Chinese. The move came after users denounced the new measures as discriminatory. According to SHHAN, which is based in South Korea but created a Chinese post to specifically address the issue:
“Because I previously announced on Twitter and Discord that my team is trying to get into the North American market. Therefore, I recommended everyone to use English when responding to Twitter posts. Why would I do that? Because when I spoke with North American holders [of NFTs], they told us that the comments on The Mimic Twitter page is almost exclusively in Chinese, so it was very difficult for them to get a feel for the culture of the Mimic community.”
SHHAN explained that he previously posted on the Discord community recommending users speak English but that “the vast majority of people didn’t seem to follow through.” The artist then reiterated that he sees consumer markets in Europe and North America as vital to the upcoming Shhan Metaverse he called “Shhanverse” and wished users to “switch to more internationalized English to talk about the project”.
Launched in October, Mimic Shhans features “playful black cat” NFTs dressed in different costumes and minted on the Ethereum blockchain. SHHAN revealed that the pool is very popular in China, with the vast majority of NFT holders based in the country. The project currently has 2,001 owners on OpenSea with 285 ether (ETH) in trading volume since inception.