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Team17 quickly retreated from plans to make "environmentally friendly Worms" NFTs after both fans and developers condemned the project on social media.
Team17 has revealed a set of what it describes as 'environmentally friendly' Worms NFTs and fans seem to be far from pleased. The company has subsequently said that it won't nclude NFTs within games it publishes.
As announced in a press release this morning, fans will soon be able to buy officially licensed NFT collectibles based upon the retro gaming franchise, Worms. Called MetaWorms Team17 says that its NFTs will encompass content from across the last 26-years of Worms games to form "unique, generative artwork."
Similar to other NFTs, the limited edition set of MetaWorms will be secured on the blockchain in order to assure digital ownership. The collection itself will be created and managed by the Reality Gaming Group, which has also been involved in creating blockchain collectibles for subsequent franchises such as Doctor Who: Worlds Apart and Reality Clash.
According to Team17, this has enabled the studio to ensure that it is creating a range of "environmentally friendly" NFTs. It says that thethe cost of minting 100,000 NFTs through the group's Etherium sidechain uses the same energy as the average annual kettle usage of around eleven UK households.
The two companies have also announced that the project will partner with sustainability platform "Coin 4 Planet", and specifically its Refeed Farms project, meaning that a portion of every NFT sale will be used to invest in real-life worm beds that are used to replenish soil instead of synthetic fertilizers.
Although Team17 is set to make blockchain-based Worms products, the studio has said in a recent statement to Eurogamer that it doesn't plan on introducing NFTs into the games that it publishes.
"Team17 is licensing the Worms brand to our newest third-party partner so they can produce collectible digital artwork based on one of the most beloved IPs in indie games, in a similar way to already available physical merchandise," a Team17 spokesperson stated. "Team17 has no plans to introduce NFTs or play-to-earn NFT mechanics into any of its indie games label titles."
Despite the efforts to create a more environmentally friendly NFT, many members of the Worms community are yet to be convinced by the move. While some fans on social media have aired their disappointment and anger at the decision, others have vowed to steer clear of any future Worms content while the developer remains in the NFT market. Below you can find a selection of responses from fans upset by the recent news.