Outerverse devs say ‘scammers’ are using their game for an NFT scam
Publisher Outerverse Freedom Games warns of an NFT scam marketing a new cryptocurrency for the video game and NFT communities. The Outerverse Metaverse and Decentralized Platform offers a token that it claims will be earnable and usable in the Outerverse, but Freedom Games and developer Tbjbu2 say the claim is “demonstrably false.”
“There is absolutely no NFT integration in the real Outerverse or with any other Freedom Games title,” chief marketing officer Bryan Herren said in a statement. “Outerverse Metaverse & Decentralized Platform Gaming is illegally using real game assets and brand name. Scammers are selling an $OUTERVERSE token, claiming it will be usable in the game itself.”
There is no doubt that the NFT site intentionally piggybacks on Outerverse: the logos are identical (except for the addition of “Metaverse & Decentralized Platform”) and the background of the Outerverseswap website is identical to the header image on Steam store page, but flipped. The $OUTERVERSE token name is also kind of a giveaway.
And, like so many email scams that happen every day, this one is further identifiable as a scammer thanks to its less than perfect grammar. “$OUTERVERSE is a platform developed by Game Metaverse & DexSwap that connects players and allows token trading,” the website says. “This gives $OUTERVERSE real practical utility within the OUTERVERSE ecosystem. Embrace a platform where gamers and blockchain converge!”
The same message was shared on the Outerverseswap Twitter account, which also goes by the Outerverse name:
$OUTERVERSE is a developed Metaverse Game & DexSwap platform that connects gamers and allows them to buy and play NFTs. This gives $OUTERVERSE real practical utility within the OUTERVERSE ecosystem. Adopt a platform where players and blockchain converge!January 16, 2022
At the same time, the $OUTERVERSE token appears to be a “real” cryptocurrency, as it is listed on at least one crypto exchange, and you can apparently buy it if you want. But in an email to PC Gamer, Herren reiterated that it had nothing to do with Tbjbu2’s game, which does not use blockchain technology in any way.
“It just seems like an opportunistic appropriation of the game’s name and assets, presumably to take advantage of the uninformed,” Herren said.
As to why Outerverse was targeted in this way, he speculated that the game’s title might conjure up associations with the “metaverse,” a buzzing topic among the tech set that scammers might hope to unleash. want to buy without due diligence, or even a quick Google search.
“The game also had a successful launch based on our projections and has maintained ‘mostly positive’ reviews since its debut,” Herren said. “The crafting game genre is also popular with younger audiences, so scammers may have targeted us because of these similar titles.”
In addition to warning people about the scam, Freedom Games said it contacted the company hosting the scam page to “encourage” its removal. So far, there has been no movement on this front. In fact, the publisher says it has received other complaints about fraudulent sites hosted by the same company without any action being taken, “so we don’t know if this will be a priority for them.”
“Freedom Games will continue to do everything in its power to protect the developers we support,” Herren said. “Likewise, Freedom Games will always vigorously protect its copyrights and trademarks, to protect our community to the best of our abilities.”