Team17 cancels its ‘MetaWorms’ NFT project amid community backlash

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In less than a week after it announced its environment-friendly ‘MetaWorms’ NFT collection, the UK-based Indie video games developer and publisher Team17 has scrapped its project, citing partners’ and community members’ concerns.

Few days ago, we reported a story  regarding the popular British Indie-games publisher Team17’s collaboration with Reality Gaming Group, to launch their inaugural NFT collection titled ‘MetaWorms,' based on their iconic multiplayer franchise Worms

However, Team17 has now backtracked from its NFT plans. They released a statement on their official website, which read, “Team17 is today announcing an end to the MetaWorms NFT project. We have listened to our Teamsters, development partners, and our games’ communities, and the concerns they’ve expressed, and have therefore taken the decision to step back from the NFT space.”

As can be inferred from above, Team17 has taken this important decision after facing heavy criticism from their development partner studios, team members and community.

What exactly happened?

As per a Eurogamer report, many of the Team17 employees were kept in the dark about the NFT launch, and learnt about it only after the public announcement. Few of them who were aware, had raised concerns, which evidently were overlooked.

The MetaWorms NFT announcement also drew flak from the gaming community, with many voicing their concerns through multiple social media channels. The most noteworthy was Aggro Crab’s (developer of ‘Going Under’) disassociation with Team17. They announced a pause on their Team17 working relationship, until the latter reverses its NFT decision.

Playtonic Games, which released its earlier titles ‘Yooka-Laylee,’ as well as ‘Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair,’ with Team17, also released a similar statement, not pointing fingers directly at Team17, but making their stand clear that they have no interest in using NFTs going forward. 

(Not sure what NFTs are? Learn all about them here)

Not the end of NFTs in gaming

While a handful of game developers and publishers are backing away from their NFT initiatives, this isn’t the end of NFTs in the gaming industry. Other prominent game publishers like Konami, Ubisoft and Square Enix are all going ahead with their NFT plans. 

Ubisoft too faced a similar backlash from the gaming community recently. The company’s Executive said in response that video game enthusiasts “don’t get what a digital secondary market can bring to them.” Nicolas Pouard, Head, Ubisoft Strategic Innovations Lab further added, “For now, because of the current situation and context of NFTs, gamers really believe it’s first destroying the planet, and second a tool for speculation. The end game is about giving players the opportunity to resell their items once they’re finished with them, or they’re finished playing the game itself.”

While these developments are unlikely to end the NFTs run in the gaming industry, they do underline the fact that many consumers and professionals are presently not too comfortable with the idea. And that it may take more time and efforts from the NFT advocates to bring everyone on board.

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