Worms come out of the mud to emit NFTs
Team17 has announced that, yes, it hasn’t zeroed enough with Worms over the years: so it’s crypto time, baby. The publisher is teaming up with Reality Gaming Group, probably best known for that dodgy-looking Doctor Who NFT card game, to release NFTs based on the mud annelids, which will cover the 26-year history of the series.
Probably the most interesting part of this press release is incidental: Worms games have sold over 75 million copies combined. At least three of them were for me.
As with all such things, the press release bends over backwards to make these digital images more special than they are. “Worms digital collectibles are one-of-a-kind and cannot be copied, making them rare and potentially very valuable.” “Potentially” doing a lot of heavy lifting there. Psst, try right-clicking.
Although I don’t really know why you would. These things are absolutely hideous. Yes, I added the caption, sorry.
There is also an unverifiable claim that these NFTs will be “low power”, which seems unlikely when they are a “side chain” of Ethereum and ultimately power this energy-hungry ecosystem. The fact that big crypto chains are bad for the environment is one of the criticisms that have been earned, and so most new projects now try to avoid it at the pass: Another eco-conscious claim here is that ‘a portion of every NFT sale goes to an outfit called Coin 4 Planet, which is based on the name I already hate. How about Time 2 Burn.
“The ultra-low-power technology used by Reality Gaming Group, along with their carbon-neutral servers, were instrumental in the safeguards we were looking for prior to our deal,” said Harley Homewood, Head of Publishing. from Team17. “We can’t wait to give Worms fans a chance to own a piece of our history.”
Team 17 is the only latest publisher to board the NFT train, though sentiments across the industry are mixed to say the least. On one side you have the crypto enthusiasts and companies like Ubisoft building their own NFT platforms (which they can’t explain very well), promising this is the future and don’t worry, we don’t burn rainforests to make a horrible little worm GIF. On the other, you have those who see it as a scam, pure and simple, where value only comes from persuading suckers to buy something that has no intrinsic value. Time will tell how it all unfolds.