An ex-Google tech lead and YouTuber with more than 1.1 million subscribers has been accused of engineering a multi-million dollar “pump and dump” scheme.
Patrick Shyu, known pseudonymously as TechLead on YouTube, launched the Million token (MM) via Initial Dex Offering (IDO) on leading decentralized exchange Uniswap on July 1.
The project’s website describes Million as a pre-mined cryptocurrency with a fixed supply of one million tokens that are backed by one USDC each per token. The website emphasizes that despite only being backed by $1 million worth of stablecoins, MM has “no maximum value.”
After being priced at $1.00 on launch, MM saw a mammoth 3,500% increase within just three days to hit $36.87 on July 4. The price has since crashed, declining by 58% to sit around $15.26 at the time of writing.
The immediate crash that followed Million’s price high has led to accusations the project is a pump and dump on Twitter, with user “DCF GOD” highlighting the large sums of liquidity that had been pulled from Uniswap by the same address that minted MM tokens.
“By removing liquidity and not selling, he’s effectively selling without ‘selling’. This way he doesn’t have to tell the community that he sold while they all bought, he just has to hold his initial promise of keeping 1m of usdc liquidity,” they argued.
Okay last tweet since I have folks telling me I don’t know how uniswap works
You can ignore all the liquidity stuff and just compare balances
He has sold MM and gained $2M
— DCF GOD (@dcfgod) July 5, 2021
Shyu responded to the thread, labeling it “absolute FUD,” arguing: “this is literally how liquidity works in Uniswap V3 […] liquidity ranges are created, you literally cannot do it any other way.”
Popular commentator “ChainlinkGod.eth 2.0” commented that TechLead had completely missed DCF’s point, stating: “You’ve created a ‘get rich quick’ scheme so you can dump on your followers, you’ve added liquidity when the price is low and removed it when the price was high and profited the difference in $USDC.”
Shyu published a YouTube video on July 6 addressing the accusations, denying that he “rug-pulled” investors by removing liquidity. However, the YouTuber also emphasized that MM “should not be considered an investment,” describing the project as a “social experiment:”
“Million tokens should not be considered an investment by any means. This is a social experiment and really pure speculation, it’s kind of a game for us to see what happens with this, kind of like Dogecoin.”