On 17th November 2022, YouTube creator Darrel "IShowSpeed" Wattson came under fire for promoting an alleged "crypto scam." The content creator was joined by several guests, including a Cristiano Ronaldo lookalike, to sign PlayStation 5 consoles and promote a metaverse project called Paradoxmeta.io. In the YouTube Livestream entitled "surprise," IShowSpeed was surrounded by merchandise and advertisement material used to promote the metaverse project, Paradoxmeta.io. Alongside this, IShowSpeed was joined by a supposed spokesperson partially handlingthe metaverse project, who claimed that Paradoxmeta.io will be the "biggest crypto coin in the world."
The entire Livestream seemed to be aimed at advertising the metaverse project, which IShowSpeed's community quickly branded a "crypto scam." Proceeding this, the community began asking where the big "surprise" was (following the stream's title), after which the spokesperson hinted that it would only be revealed if the project received enough online impressions.