Worms Developer Ditches NFT Plans Following Fan and Studio Backlash

The latest game from the Worms series was met with backlash for its use of virtual assets and blockchain-based items. After fielding serious criticism, the developer has decided to end their plans for future NFT integration.

Worms-Developer-Ditches-NFT-Plans-Following-Fan-and-Studio-BacklashImage courtesy of Team17

Team17 said yesterday that it will be the newest video game developer to join the NFT field, partnering with Reality Gaming Group to create “collectible digital artwork” based on its Worms brand as part of a project suitably dubbed “MetaWorms.”

Team17 has revealed that it has withdrawn its NFT plan less than 24 hours later, citing unfavorable feedback from players and partners as the reason for its decision. With its plan to donate some of the revenue earned from NFT sales to a global sustainability firm, the British video game developer and publisher attempted to soften the inevitable controversy, but clearly, that was not enough to appease gamers, who continue to make it clear that they do not want anything to do with NFTs.

The MetaWorms NFT project has come to an end, as announced by Team17 today.

We’ve listened to our Teamsters, development partners, and gaming communities, as well as the concerns they’ve voiced, and have decided to withdraw from the NFT market.

February 1, 2022 — Team17 (@Team17)

“Team17 is today announcing an end to the MetaWorms NFT project,” a tweet from the Worms developer and publisher reads. “We’ve listened to our Teamsters, development partners, and gaming communities, as well as the concerns they’ve voiced, and have decided to withdraw from the NFT market.”

Surprisingly, several of Team17’s own studio partners have turned to social media to openly voice their dissatisfaction with the corporation, stating unequivocally that their games would not include any NFTs. Playtonic (Yooka-Laylee), Ghost Town Games (Overcooked! ), and Aggro Crab (Going Under) are among them, with the latter using unusually colorful terminology to describe the popular blockchain technology.

“We feel NFTs cannot be ecologically friendly or productive, and are just a f*cking present,” says a picture posted to the developer’s official Twitter account.

pic.twitter.com/I4PIQB6o1H sigh

January 31, 2022 — AGGRO CRAB (@AggroCrabGames)

Team17 is the source.

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