Uniswap founder dismisses copycat that could ‘steal’ 75% of its liquidity

Uniswap’s founder Hayden Adams is railing against SushiSwap, a five-day-old fork of Uniswap’s decentralized exchange, which has managed to attract over $1.3 billion in value locked over its short lifespan.

Like most other liquidity mine launches, participants can stake their assets to earn SUSHI — the project’s token. The twist is that the assets are Uniswap pool tokens themselves, which allows yield farmers obtain SUSHI without foregoing their liquidity provider rewards.

The project was launched in a seemingly preemptive move ahead of Uniswap V3, which is speculated to bring the anticipated Uniswap token with it.

The announcement places heavy emphasis on a fair launch, promising that initial liquidity providers will always have a share of the rewards even if they stop the provision later on.

The project’s developers further hinted that LPs may see their stakes diluted on Uniswap as “stakeholders such as venture funds, exchanges, mining pools join the protocol with a huge amount of capital.”

The idea of a fair launch resonates strongly in DeFi. The community often criticizes token distributions that either hint or openly announce premines. Uniswap, with its heavy venture capital backing, is unlikely to devote all of its tokens to the community.

Adams criticized this approach and dismissed suggestions that SushiSwap is more community-centric, noting:

“Can’t tell who is pretending and who legitimately doesn’t understand that the $1B TVL deposited in an incredibly high risk investment on a single day’s notice is mostly massive whales.”

According to him, SushiSwap is “just whales playing whale games.” He may not be entirely off-base.

Etherscan data shows that there are only 2318 unique addresses that staked the Uniswap SUSHI/ETH pool token to receive rewards. Given a total value locked in these contracts of approximately $173 million, the average staker’s position amounts to $74,600. Since the contracts were unaudited and deemed relatively complex…

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