An NFT miner on GameStop’s newly launched NFT marketplace has been caught selling games they didn’t make and were not authorized to sell.
As first reported by Ars Technica, the NiFTy Arcade collection’s “interactive NFTs” were minted and sold without creators’ permission, “let alone any arrangement for the creators to share in crypto profits”.
GameStop has since confirmed that the person behind NiFTy Arcade has been suspended, but Ars reports that he is still “holding on to the tens of thousands of dollars in cryptocurrency he earned selling those NFTs before the suspension”. In addition, the unlicensed games are also 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 on NFT marketplaces and in NFT wallets,” NiFTy Arcade creator Nathan Ello reportedly told Ars . “Should anyone want the convenience of playing the game directly from their wallet or their own profile page in the marketplace without having to navigate to mine, they are welcome to purchase a copy.”
Ello insists the games come from “open source game repositories approved for commercial use” and that one of the games, Galatic Wars, had an “unlicensed” tag, but Ars was able to discover that Worm’s license Nom Nom, for example, is clearly prohibited for commercial use. Ello has since confirmed that they “never asked for the necessary permissions from the original creators before selling them.”
“This person didn’t contact me to ask for anything. He just took my game and sold it,” Galactic Wars creator Borja “Volcano Bytes” de Tena told Ars. “If you want to take advantage of 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 money,” de Tena added. “It’s my personal project… something I do mainly out of love, my income is not that of a real company. But that’s my job, and [it] may not be exploited by anyone without my permission.”
Ello Says His GameStop NFT Store Account Has Been Suspended “Until” [they] have the IP issues related to my first collection”. GameStop has not yet responded to requests for comment.
Speaking of NFTs, early footage of Deaddrop has hit the web, giving us an inside look at the project backed by controversial streamer Guy Beahm, aka Dr. Disrespect.
However, fans of Beahm have received mixed reviews – especially after the project was hyped by the streamer and compared to Call of Duty. In June, a common comment from Beahm stated that Deaddrop is “blowing everything out of the COD engine”.
What we see 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 character avatar).