GameStop Sold NFT Games Without 'Consent,' according to the developer

GameStop Sold NFT Games Without 'Consent,' according to the developer ...

The GameStop NFT marketplace is again the subject of controversy after an NFT minter on the platform sold HTML 5 games that he himself made and had no ownership whatsoever. These games will most likely be on the blockchain for the rest of their lives!

GameStop has had a few difficulties in the last year as it tried to stay relevant and competitive. Its most recent effort has been to try and make waves in the NFT space, while still being awful. There has been some controversy over a recent NFT that featured art similar to a photograph of a person falling to their death during the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

Nathan Ello, who spoke with Kotaku, declined to comment on this story.

Kotaku has reached out to GameStop for an answer.

NFTs have been the subject of theft and shady ownership for a long time. If an NFT previously owned by a celebrity is being stolen, or if it is someone minting NFTs with artwork that isnt theirs, then it's someone else. Phishing schemes and clever hackers have made the alleged security of NFTs even more tense. Despite overwhelming negative reaction and humiliating failures, the industry continues to sell, use, and praise NFTs.

Ellos NiFTy Arcade NFTs were originally intended to be fully playable from an owners crypto wallet or on the GameStop marketplace itself, according to Ars Technica. This at least seems to make more sense than purchasing a simple JPEG. Instead of buying a link to an image that you already own, at least you get to enjoy a fun little HTML 5 game while you burn the earth down.

The NiFTy Arcade featured games developed by other people who never gave any permission for their work to be used in this manner or profited off of. In fact, many of these games, such as Worm Nom Nom, are available on Itchi.io with a very clear Creative Commons license that prohibits commercial use.

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The outcry was out there, with many developers stating that they felt ripped off by NiFTy Arcade. Krystian Majewski, the creator of Breakout Hero, said in a statement to Ars Technica that his work was sold for profit without my authorization.

Ello has stated on Twitter that in some cases, inconsistent licensing language for other titles indicated that he made no mistake in simply taking them.

Ello's minting privileges have been suspended on the GameStops marketplace, and the NFTs in question have been removed from the platform, according to Ars Technica.

These minted games may live on forever, where they may be purchased and sold on other crypto marketplaces thanks to the wonderful powers of NFTs and the powerful blockchain. If GameStop does not have a system to verify or spot check NFTs, they might not be able to continue to buy and sell them without any apparatus to verify their content or legal issues.

Prior to purchase or sale, you are solely responsible for conducting research on an NFT, as well as understanding sellers' terms and conditions of the acquisition or sale of the NFT, such as ownership, uniqueness, intellectual property, licenses, scarcity, rarity, value, and functionality. None of the GameStop Entities (defined below) endorses or makes any representations about the NFT's authenticity, authenticity, uniqueness, intellectual property, licenses, scarcity, value, or other attributes or rights.

IPFS file hashes may be accessed on any active node across multiple servers, even if there is a thorough vetting process on GameStops' end.

The NFT beast may be in a similar situation, but GameStop isnt completely off the hook here. All you need to do is provide the correct link to the unlicensed NiFTy Arcade games, and you can continue to play them as long as you want. According to Ars Technica, the video game retailer does not offer any clear strategy to overturn an NFT that violates the rights of others.

Kotaku has reached out to Joseph White for an explanation.

A DMCA takedown request must be somewhat higher to have any sort of effect; what a fair system! Maybe Lars Ulrich will intervene to put a stop to all this nonsense.