Ousted Bitmain Co-founder Storms Beijing Office with Armed Guards

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  • Ousted Bitmain co-founder Micree Zhan stormed Bitmain's Beijing office on June 3.

  • After apologising to employees he promised to complete the IPO & value the company at $50B.

  • Bitmain is facing increasing competition from rivals like microBT.

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Another salvo has been fired into the Bitmain power mix after it was revealed that ousted co-founder Micree Zhan attempted a forceful takeover of the company’s Beijing office.

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Tweeting on Thursday, the Chinese crypto news platform BlockBeats posted video footage allegedly showing Zhan leading “Bao Ans” (private guards) in the attempted coup.

Back in November 2019, Zhan claimed that fellow co-founder Jihan Wu had illegally removed him from the company. Zhan has since taken legal action against Bitmain and Wu. The Bitcoin hardware manufacturer has witnessed several managerial shakeups in recent years amid dwindling revenues, massive layoffs, and IPO stagnation.

Zhan also wrote a letter to Bitmain employees apologizing for the current state of affairs. He further promised to complete the planned IPO after which the company would reach a lofty market valuation of $50 billion.

Given the growing competition in the mining scene, Bitmain’s dominance has noticeably waned. As previously reported by BeInCrypto, the company recently launched a cheaper T19 Antminer.

Competitors like microBT are receiving massive orders from North American mining farms like Marathon and Bitfarms. With the Bitcoin halving completed, miners will continue to face financial pressures. Only last week miners sold more Bitcoin than they had earned.

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Osato is a reporter at BeInCrypto and Bitcoin believer based in Lagos, Nigeria. When not immersed in the daily happenings in the crypto scene, he can be found watching historical documentaries or trying to beat his Scrabble high score.

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