Storybook Brawl is a well-liked free-to-play card sport on Steam. It has a pretty big and energetic playerbase who benefit from the sport rather a lot. And now virtually all of them appear indignant and are overview bombing the sport’s Steam web page after the devs behind Storybook Brawl introduced plans to combine NFTs and blockchain know-how into it.
On March 22, Good Luck Video games, the corporate behind Storybook Brawl, introduced that the studio had been acquired by FTX US. For individuals who aren’t conscious, FTX is a cryptocurrency change that began in 2019 within the Bahamas and has since expanded throughout the globe. It’s additionally just lately been investing closely into making a gaming division, launching FTX Gaming final 12 months as a result of it “sees video games as an thrilling use case for crypto.”
Within the announcement from Good Luck Video games, the corporate shared imprecise plans about incorporating NFT and blockchain tech into Storybook Brawl. In response to the studio, it additionally guarantees it would make it possible for the mixing is “moral” and makes the sport “higher for gamers” whereas ensuring the “enjoyable comes first.” (Huh, vague guarantees and nonspecific plans are all the time part of these NFT/blockchain bulletins. Bizarre!)
For those who’ve been taking note of NFT information on Kotaku and different websites during the last 12 months or so you possibly can most likely guess what occurred subsequent. (I imply, the headline provides it away too…)
Gamers responded to the information with near-universal negativity. Over on the sport’s Steam web page, you possibly can see an enormous improve in latest, adverse opinions. The sport now sports activities an “Overwhelmingly Adverse” overview standing as outcome.
As noticed by Eurogamer, reportedly one of many devs talked about within the sport’s Discord server that it was taking a look at non-cosmetic choices for NFTs, too. Which additional angered the group.
Kotaku has contacted Good Luck Video games about its NFT plans.
That is removed from the primary time we’ve seen this track and dance play out. Over the past 12 months or so we’ve seen a number of examples of sport firms asserting NFT plans and then instantly receiving backlash from gamers and different sport devs.
Many take into account the tech an enormous rip-off, full of grifters and con artists trying to make a fast buck earlier than the bubble bursts. There are additionally issues with how blockchain know-how can result in extra e-waste in addition to speed up world warming, waste electrical energy and make it more durable for people to search out and purchase particular pc elements, like GPUs.