An NFT coiner on GameStop’s new NFT Marketplace was caught selling games he didn’t create and had no authority to sell.
As first reported by Ars Technica, “Interactive NFTs” in the NiFTy Arcade Collection were being minted and sold without the permission of the creators, “much less any arrangement for the creators to share in the crypto profits.”
GameStop has since confirmed that the person behind NiFTy Arcade has been suspended, but Ars reports that he is “still clinging to the thousands of dollars worth of cryptocurrency he earned selling these NFTs before the suspension.” Additionally, unlicensed games are still fully accessible from GameStop’s servers.
“If people find value in these NFTs, that’s a bonus, but my intention is to create and showcase games that are playable in NFT marketplaces and NFT wallets,” NiFTy Arcade creator Nathan reportedly said. Ello, in Ars. “If anyone wants the convenience of playing the game directly from their wallet or their own profile page in the marketplace without having to access mine, then they are welcome to purchase a copy.”
Ello insists that the games were pulled from “open source game repositories approved for commercial use” and that one of the games, Galatic Wars, had an “unlicensed” label, but Ars was able to discover that the license of Worm Nom Nom, for example, clearly prohibited commercial use. Ello has since confirmed that they “never sought the necessary permission from the original creators before selling them”.
“This person didn’t contact me to ask me anything. He just took my game and sold it,” Galactic Wars creator Borja “Volcano Bytes” of Tena told Ars. “If you want to profit from my work, I think you should at least ask.
“I’ve been working on video games for years, but VolcanoBytes isn’t something I do for the money,” de Tena added. “It’s my personal project… something I do mainly for love, my income is not that of a real business. But it’s my job, and [it] should not be exploited by anyone without my permission.”
Ello says his GameStop NFT storefront account has been suspended “until [they] have the intellectual property issues related to my original collection.” GameStop has not yet responded to requests for comment.
Speaking of NFT: The first footage of Deadrop has hit the internet, giving us a look at the project backed by controversial streamer Guy Beahm, AKA Dr Disrespect.
However, Beahm fans have given the footage a mixed reception, especially after the project was hyped by the streamer and compared to Call of Duty. In June, a widely shared comment by Beahm said that Dedrop “blows up everything from the COD engine.”
What we’re seeing is a look at Deaddrop as it currently stands, for those who paid $50 for a Founders Access Pass (yes, that’s the one that includes a procedurally generated NFT for your avatar character).