Storybook Brawl is a popular free card game on Steam. It has a sizable and active player base who enjoy the game a lot. And now almost all seem angry and are considering bombing the game’s Steam page after the developers got behind Storybook Brawl announced integration plan NFT and blockchain technology into it.
On March 22, Good Luck Games, the company behind Storybook Brawl, announced that the studio has been acquired by FTX US. For those who don’t know, FTX is a cryptocurrency exchange that started in 2019 in the Bahamas and has since expanded globally. Recently, it is also investing heavily in the creation of a games division, launched FTX Gaming last year because of it “Consider games as an interesting use case for crypto.”
In the announcement from Good Luck Games, the company shared vague plans for incorporating NFT and blockchain technology into Storybook Brawl. According to the studio, it also promises to ensure that the integration is “ethical” and makes the game “better for the player” while ensuring “fun comes first”. (Huh, vAgue promises and non-specific plans have always been part of these NFT/blockchain announcements. Freak!)
If you’ve been paying attention to the NFT news on Kotaku and other sites for the past 12 months or so, you can guess what happened next. (I mean, the title also gives it away…)
Players responded to the news with almost universal negation. Over on the game’s Steam page, you can see a significant increase in recent negative reviews. As a result, the game currently has a review status of “Excessively Negative”.
As discovered by Eurogamer, is reported to be one of the developers who mentioned in the game’s Discord server that they are also looking at non-aesthetic options for NFT. This angered the community even more.
Kotaku contacted Good Luck Games about its NFT plans.
This is not the first time we have seen this song and dance. In the past year or so we have seen many examples of game companies announcing NFT plans and then immediately received backlash from players and other game developers.
Many see the technology as a giant scam, filled with scammers and scammers looking to make a quick buck before the bubble bursts.. There is also the problem with the blockchain technology can lead to more e-waste as well as accelerate global warming, waste electricity and make it harder for people to find and buy specific computer parts, like GPUs.