Team17 Announces “Eco-Friendly” NFT Worms
UPDATE 1:45 p.m. UK: Eurogamer understands that several teams within Team17 had no knowledge of his controversial plans to launch a range of collectible NFT Worms prior to the public announcement of the project this morning.
Others within Team17 knew about the NFT collaboration after the deal was signed and voiced their disapproval of it – only for it to be announced anyway.
It remains to be seen if Team17 will continue with the effective sale of Worms NFT following the universally negative reactions today on social media. Eurogamer has contacted Team17 and partner NFT Reality Gaming Group to find out more.
In a new statement, Team17 told Eurogamer that its ambitions to launch NFT collectibles will not translate to the introduction of NFT into the indie games it publishes.
“Team17 is licensing the Worms brand to our new third-party partner so they can produce digital collectible artwork based on one of the most popular IPs in indie gaming, similar to the physical products already available,” a Team17 spokesperson told Eurogamer today. .
“Team17 does not intend to introduce NFTs or game-to-win NFT mechanics in any of its indie game label titles.”
ORIGINAL STORY 11:55 UK: Worms developer Team17 has announced that it is getting into NFTs.
These unique “limited edition” computer-generated artworks will be sold by Reality Gaming Group, which uses a “sidechain” of the “Ethereum mainnet”.
This means, according to the company, that recording your unique ownership of each Worms collectible is “eco-friendly”. So if 100,000 people bought one, the energy used to record those unique images would be “the average annual kettle usage of just 11 homes”.
There is also a partnership to donate part of the profits to the NFT sustainability company “Coin 4 Planet”, and more specifically to its Replenishment Farms idea. This invests in worm beds that process food waste, and the claim here is that it results in a cleaner result than commercial fertilizers.
Images of the NFT Worms themselves seem to be thin on the ground, but today’s announcement seems a bit rushed. There is a website – metaworms.live which currently shows a spinning 3D worm covered in glitter.
There is also a Discord MetaWorms, where a project roadmap channel includes a post saying “making a roadmap”. Other channels such as “NFT Discussion”, “Speculation” and “Shilling channel” are currently empty. Clearly, this is the start.
Last week, Atari announced that it would be selling a range of “surprise” NFT lootboxes to give away in celebration of its 50th anniversary. Meanwhile, Ubisoft’s NFT bosses claimed in an interview that skeptical NFT players “just don’t get it”.