Esports organization TSM FTX’s YouTube channel shut down after being hacked by fake crypto scam

In a rather unfortunate turn of events, the official YouTube channel of global esports giant TSM FTX has been shut down by the Google-owned platform after it was hacked by a bitcoin and crypto scammer.

On August 03, 2022, the YouTube channel began showing the UFC live stream, along with Elon Musk’s Bitcoin and cryptocurrency tweets in hopes of convincing viewers of the fake website’s legitimacy.

Thankfully, YouTube and the official TSM team quickly noticed what had happened and immediately took action, resulting in the shutdown of the main channel. Widely known for its gaming videos and competitive lineup, TSM FTX’s YouTube channel had over 2.1 million subscribers.

Global esports giant TSM FTX’s main YouTube channel has been shut down over a crypto scam

TSM FTX's main YouTube channel has been shut down (Image via TSM/YouTube)
TSM FTX’s main YouTube channel has been shut down (Image via TSM/YouTube)

Team SoloMid (TSM), a professional North American esports organization, is the latest YouTube channel to be targeted by fake crypto scammers. On August 03, 2022, the hacker took control of the team and released unauthorized videos, much to the surprise of the gaming community.

The channel began live streaming a UFC video titled “Dana White: Conor McGregor next opponent Paddy Pimblett – UFC Live, MMA news.” The video has now been deleted, with the channel also being shut down by YouTube.

Since the termination, no official statement from YouTube or the TSM FTX team has been released. It is still unclear whether the hack contained malicious links or cryptographic inscriptions to steal users’ personal information. Along with this, speculation explores whether the scammers were simply trying to trick people into doubling their money through crypto listings.

The scam took place shortly after the organization struck a big deal with cryptocurrency exchange FTX, sending shockwaves through the crypto and esports community. Spanning several different businesses, the organization recently signed a $210 million sponsorship and 10-year naming rights agreement with Hong Kong-based cryptocurrency exchange FTX, officially renaming itself TSM FTX. (Team SoloMid FTX).


Team SoloMid (TSM) is a professional esports organization founded in 2009 by brothers Andy and Dan Dinh as a League of Legends community website and game guide resource.

The esports organization has active rosters for several popular titles, including Apex Legends, League of Legends, PUBG, Fortnite, Valorant and more.

The SoloMid team began their competitive journey in early 2011 with an impressive roster of Saintvicious, Reginald, Chaox, TheOddOne and Locodoco. They then entered the Indian gaming market in 2020 through a partnership with PUBG Mobile Roster.

As of this writing, TSM is one of the most popular esports organizations in the world with teams in multiple esports avenues.

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