Indie game storefront itch.io takes hard stance against NFTs

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Indie game marketplace itch.io has taken a hard stance against NFTs following the Team17 MetaWorms controversy last week.

The official itch.io Twitter account made the company’s feelings clear over the weekend. “NFTs are a scam. If you think they are legitimately useful for anything other than the exploitation of creators, financial scams, and the destruction of the planet the we ask that you please re-evaluate your life choices.”

itch.io would follow up it’s statement with. “Also (f**k) any company that says they support creators and also endorses NFTs in any way. They only care about their own profit and the opportunity for wealth above anyone else. Especially given the now easily available discourse concerning the problems of NFTs.”

Last week, British publisher Team17 controversially announced it was launching a set of NFTs based off its popular Worms series. Despite the company saying it wouldn’t incorporate them into the games itself, it was met with a massive pushback from fans and even developers of the publishing arm’s own games. As a result of the pushback, it cancelled its plans a little more than a day later.

And perhaps it shouldn’t have been surprised. In a similar manner, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 developers GSC Game World announced and cancelled its own NFT plans following fan backlash back in December. Valve previously banned Blockchain and NFT games from its platform back in October, as per PC Gamer. It’s certain any other devs that stick their toes in the increasingly murkier waters of NFTs won’t be welcome on itch.io either any time soon.

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