Independent gaming platform itch.io has taken a stand against NFTs.
In a thread on Twitter they have called NFTs a “scam,” and suggested people who support these virtual tokens to “reevaluate their life decisions.”
“NFTs are a scam. If you think they are a legitimate use for anything other than exploitation of creators, financial scams and destruction of the planet, then we ask you to please reevaluate your life decisions,” they say in the first message.
And they don’t stop there, saying that “
fuck any company that says they support creators and also endorses NFTs in any way. They only care about their own profit and opportunity to enrich themselves over anyone else. Especially given how easy it is to find discourse about the problems with NFTs.”
The people behind itch.io end by asking “How can you be so dense?” about people who support NFTs.
A few have asked about our stance on NFTs:
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 please reevaluate your life choices.
— itch.io (@itchio) February 6, 2022
NFTs are the trendiest, but also the most controversial topic in the video game industry during the last months, with a majority opposition from the vast majority of users.
Some of the companies that have announced plans regarding NFTs, such as Team17 (with a collection of Worms NFTs) or GSC Game World (with NFTs in the future STALKER 2), have backtracked on their initiatives after seeing the visceral opposition from the public.
Actor Troy Baker, who had supported a voice NFT company, also picked up cable after seeing his image damaged as a result. And companies the size of Electronic Arts have also changed their tune, going from enthusiasm for NFTs a few months ago to a distant position a few days ago.
Others, on the other hand, are forging ahead despite the opposition. Among them, Ubisoft, which has even used the wild card of saying that gamers “don’t understand them”, or Konami, which in a display of hypocrisy said a few days ago that NFTs are a way to preserve the classics of the medium.