NFT Under Fire
The discussion around NFTs in gaming has heated up recently as more companies push into the blockchain space. Streamers, influencers, game developers, and stores voice their hopes and worries that new technology will affect them. Read on to find out why game studios reverse their decisions on NFTs and why this topic is so controversial. In other news:
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NFTs and blockchain are some of the hottest topics in gaming. It’s the talk of the town, including everyone and their dog. Game developers and publishers see the opportunities this digital content may bring to the gaming space. However, others raise concerns about the usability of the new tech, leading to businesses changing their plans.
Last week Team 17 announced their entry into the NFT space with MetaWorms, a project based on a cult-classic series of games. This decision was met with serious backlash from fans, as well as studios and developers for whom Team 17 publishes. Facing a heavy pushback, Team 17 decided to backtrack on the NFT project, at least for now.
The case of Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson may tell a similar story. On the last earnings call, Wilson downplayed its plans to introduce NFTs into its strategy. In August 2017, Wilson called blockchain “the future of our industry”.
Itch.io, a digital distributor of indie games, presented a bolder and more straightforward approach. The store said NFTs are a plain scam on its official Twitter account.
The current use of blockchain technology is without a doubt under heavy fire in gaming and streaming communities. But is this just a passing resistance to technological breakthroughs or is there something more to it than that? The discussion about blockchain seems to be raising more controversies than any gaming technology in history. So why is the NFT different? According to Brendan Sinclair from gamesindustry.biz, the discussion is so heated this time due to the personal beliefs and outlooks outside of gaming.
We see that developers and publishers cannot treat blockchain as another way to squeeze extra money from gamers. Integrating this tech into games should be considered carefully by any studio wanting to venture into the NFT space. Current backlash is a sign that gamers care about their passion, the crypto space’s environmental ramifications, and mindless exploits to cash out on the hype. To convince them to NFT adoption, game creators will have to find innovative ways in which NFT could genuinely improve the gaming experience.
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