Storybook Brawl is a well-liked free-to-play card recreation on Steam. It has a reasonably large and lively playerbase who benefit from the recreation loads. And now nearly 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 expertise into it.
On March 22, Good Luck Games, the corporate behind Storybook Brawl, introduced that the studio had been acquired by FTX US. For those that aren’t conscious, FTX is a cryptocurrency trade that began in 2019 within the Bahamas and has since expanded throughout the globe. It’s additionally not too long ago been investing closely into making a gaming division, launching FTX Gaming final yr as a result of it “sees video games as an thrilling use case for crypto.”
In the announcement from Good Luck Games, the corporate shared obscure plans about incorporating NFT and blockchain tech into Storybook Brawl. According to the studio, it additionally guarantees it can make it possible for the combination 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. Weird!)
If you’ve been taking note of NFT information on Kotaku and different websites during the last 12 months or so you may in all probability guess what occurred subsequent. (I imply, the headline offers it away too…)
Players responded to the information with near-universal negativity. Over on the sport’s Steam web page, you may see an enormous enhance in current, detrimental critiques. The recreation now sports activities an “Overwhelmingly Negative” overview standing as consequence.
As noticed by Eurogamer, reportedly one of many devs talked about within the recreation’s Discord server that it was non-cosmetic choices for NFTs, too. Which additional angered the neighborhood.
Kotaku has contacted Good Luck Games about its NFT plans.
This is way from the primary time we’ve seen this tune and dance play out. Over the final yr or so we’ve seen a number of examples of recreation corporations saying NFT plans and then instantly receiving backlash from gamers and different recreation devs.
Many take into account the tech an enormous rip-off, crammed with grifters and con artists trying to make a fast buck earlier than the bubble bursts. There are additionally issues with how blockchain expertise 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 components, like GPUs.