“NFTs are a scam,” says indie game store Itch.io

Whether you don’t like NFTs, don’t understand them, or think you can make money from them, you can’t escape the NFT talk. Game stores are no different. Valve banned games with NFTs or cryptocurrencies from Steam, Epic Games Stores welcome NFTs, and now Itch.io has weighed in. a scam.”

Opened in 2013, Itch.io is my go-to store for interesting, unconventional, and personal indie games. Besides being DRM-free, it supports free games and pay-per-view pricing, it allows developers to decide how much discount the store takes, it accepts mature themes and content that other stores get suspicious, and he’s supported great causes like 2020’s amazing Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality. I also consider it a plus that store managers think NFTs are bad.

The store’s Twitter tweeted this weekend:

Over the past few months, studios including the creators of STALKER 2 and the roster of Worms Team 17 have backtracked on NFT announcements after people pointed out hey, that sucks, don’t do that. The NFT backlash is strong enough that Riot Games had to insist that a character in Valorant didn’t like NFTs after unknowingly posing them with NFT artwork in some promo art. Others dug their heels, however. Ubisoft has insisted that people are “not getting” NFT items following criticism of the NFTs they launched last year. But I understand why companies are interested. Peter Molyneus’ studio 22Cans sold £40m worth of virtual terrestrial NFTs for an upcoming industry-building game last year, although it’s clearly a horrible idea.

Itch continued:

I’m very excited/tired to see which game company will announce horrible NFTs this week and then quickly announce them.