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Team17 announces Worms NFTs and rightfully gets shit on for it

Y’all remember the Worms franchise? Team17 has faithfully been shitting out Worms games since the mid 1990s, and in an attempt to remain relevant, Team17 announced this morning that they’ll be doing MetaWorms – releasing their cutesy earthworms as No-value Fucking Trash NFTs, in order to continually whore out their greatest creation for a few paltry dollars.

If you’ve never played Worms, it’s a variant on the old artillery style video game. You shoot a cannon and try to hit your enemies cannon while factoring in the trajectory of your shot travel path. Scorched Earth paved the way so games like Worms could be successful, but Worms gave the genre a hint of personality by adding some pizzazz to their adorable earthworm creatures.

From their press release earlier today:

The limited edition ‘MetaWorms’ NFTs will encompass content from across the 26-year history of the beloved Worms franchise – which has sold 75 million units globally – in the form of unique, generative artwork.

Each MetaWorms NFT (metaworms.live) will be secured and protected on the blockchain, providing documented ownership indefinitely – each digital collectible item will be 100% owned by the person who bought it. Moreover, Worms digital collectibles are one-of-a-kind and cannot be copied, which makes them scarce and potentially quite valuable.

The generative MetaWorms NFTs will be created and managed by Reality Gaming Group using its Digital Asset Trading (DAT) Platform, which creates NFTs, online stores and marketplaces connected to the company’s own “side-chain” of the Ethereum mainnet.

Rightfully so, indie developer Aggro Crab, whose latest game Going Under is published by Team17,  took to Twitter to complain about this braindead move.

We at Aggro Crab condemn Team17’s decision to produce and engage with NFTs.

We believe NFTs cannot be environmentally friendly, or useful, and really are just an overall fucking grift.

Please do not harass employees at Team17 or the devs under their umbrella, as this decision seems to have taken everyone off guard and likely came from the very top.

Needless to say, we will not be working with them on further titles, and encourage other indie developers to do the same unless this decision is reversed.

I fucking hate it here.

-Nick & Caelan

It’s a shame that bigger developers aren’t out here screaming at companies like Ubisoft over this dumbass money laundering nonsense. I don’t know if Aggro Crab makes decent games or not, but I’m gonna go pick up a copy of both of their games just for being based.

One thing is for sure that NFTs certainly have the internet divided as half of the people seem to think the ideas of blockchain based artwork is a great idea, while the other half of us like watching those suckers get scammed. What do you guys think? Let us know in the comments.

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