OpenSea Acquired NFT Startup Gem Weeks After A Cofounder Was Fired For Alleged Rape

OpenSea Acquired NFT Startup Gem Months Immediately after A Cofounder Was Fired For Alleged Rape

The NFT marketplace OpenSea has acquired Gem, an NFT startup cofounded by a pseudonymous developer accused of sexual abuse, like rape. This month, Cayuga Media confirmed the particular person is the banished Twitch streamer Josh Thompson, who formerly went by the moniker “MethodJosh.”

“During the program of our diligence, we discovered about, and immediately surfaced, some deeply relating to allegations towards a now-previous member of Gem’s management team who operated beneath the pseudonym Neso. On investigating the allegations, the worker was promptly exited prior to the near of this offer. This unique has never ever and will never be affiliated with OpenSea,” OpenSea CEO Devin Finzer reported on Monday in a assertion saying the acquisition.

Thompson was fired from Gem this thirty day period subsequent an investigation into “a pattern of sexual misconduct,” according to an April 9 submit on the company’s Discord server by cofounder Lorens Huculak. Business enterprise paperwork reviewed by Cayuga Media suggest that Thompson was a big shareholder in the enterprise, owning as many shares as cofounders Huculak and Vaibhav Saini.