The cross-chain data oracle platform Band Protocol has published a statement refuting the claims that its Co-Founder and CTO Sorawit Suriyakarn is the creator of the SushiSwap protocol, despite arguments broached by the community.
The Community Claims Suriyakarn Is Chef Nomi
In the past few days, the lead developer of the popular SushiSwap protocol, standing behind the Twitter handle Chef Nomi, attracted lots of attention toward himself. He sold off all of his Sushi tokens to “stop caring about the price” and focus solely on coding.
The controversial move had immediate consequences to SUSHI’s price as it plummeted by 70% at one point. However, after prolonged Twitter discussions, Chef Nomi reacted by transferring control over the protocol to the FTX CEO – Sam Bankman-Fried.
Nevertheless, the attention he gained caused numerous speculations, including who’s actually the person behind the Twitter handle. One of the most discussed theories within the community is that Chef Nomi is the Chief Technology Officer of Band Protocol – Sorawit Suriyakarn.
The evidence brought up was somewhat precarious, to say the least. A community member revealed that Band Protocol and SushiSwap shared the same hosting service. Additionally, Chef Nomi and Suriyakarn apparently have a similar taste for games, as they both liked Hearthstone.
Suriyakarn And Band Protocol Respond
Band Protocol’s CTO was quick to repudiate the claims. In a series of tweets, he called the speculations “shocking and amusing,” and that he physically doesn’t have the time to develop another project, while working full-time for Band Protocol.
Let’s clear the air: I am not Nomi Chef. It is shocking and amusing that people have made these claims. This is nothing more than a personal attack on me and a strike at Band.
— Sorawit Suriyakarn | BAND (@nomorebear) September 6, 2020
Shortly after, Band Protocol issued an official statement as well. It explained that Suriyakarn “often reviews the code for other projects, as it is a commonplace within the industry. He did a review of the initial code deployment of SushiSwap to make sure it was safe for public use.”
However, the post emphatically said that “we were not involved in the operation of SushiSwap in any capacity.”
As far as the evidence mentioned above goes, Band Protocol noted that over 100 million players worldwide play Heartstone. The common interest shared by Chef Nomi and Suriyakarn “doesn’t mean that Sorawit is Chef Nomi.”
The Chainlink rival also explained that the hosting service employed by the two protocols is “well-known and award-winning,” and has been used by numerous tech companies. However, Band Protocol has decided to change the hosting service to “avoid any further confusion.”