Game News Fortnite: A strange cryptocurrency appears, Tim Sweeney is stepping up!
Fortnite has just launched the third season of its Chapter 3, and is more than ever at the heart of Epic Games’ development strategy. It includes the Epic Games Store, the development of the metaverse and even the publishing of new titles. But it seems that some people are trying to take advantage of this trend towards Web3.
A fake cryptocurrency in circulation
A few days ago, some players and observers noticed thearrival of a cryptocurrency called Fortnite Token. The announcement surprised, but did not surprise many due to the presence of “play to win” games and Tim Sweeney’s appetite for the metaverse. Finally, Fortnite has long since passed its battle royale status to become a real social network, with well-attended events, concerts, and an echo chamber for major pop culture trends. But obviously, this cryptocurrency is not Epic Games at all, and its existence has angered the boss from Epic Games:
There isn’t a Fortnite cryptocurrency. The Twitter accounts promoting such a thing are a scam. Epic’s lawyers are on it. Also, shame on the cryptocurrency marketplaces that enable this kind of thing.
— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) June 6, 2022
There is no Fortnite cryptocurrency. Twitter accounts promoting such a thing are a scam. Epic’s attorneys are on it. Also, shame on the cryptocurrency markets that allow this sort of thing.
The targeted platforms would be SushiSwap, PancakeSwap and CronaSwap, although the direct search does not yield results at this time. Tim Sweeney’s anger is all the greater because this unofficial virtual currency would infringe Epic Games’ copyright on Fortnite.
The creators of the Fortnite Token defend themselves
Proceedings could therefore be initiated, but nothing has been done yet. In the meantime, the creators of this cryptocurrency have spoken out in defense of their product, arguing that the name and image was only used to achieve rapid growth. An argument that could be seen as a desire to deceive buyers:
The Fortnite Token is not a fraudulent cryptocurrency project. Rather, it is a cryptocurrency project created by Fortnite fans, fairly launched and community-driven, with no specific owner or corporate structure behind it or a CEO deciding its future.
Nevertheless Fortnite is a registered trademark, and that if Epic Games doesn’t want to see the name associated with the currency, it could quickly disappear. Moreover, she has been removed from Telegram shortly after Tim Sweeney’s reaction.
The blockchain, yes, but under conditions
Shortly after, another user of the social network pointed out the fact that certain games, allowing to obtain or buy NFTs, were present on the Epic Games Store. Tim Sweeney wanted to respond, indicating that the blockchain was not a problem when it was well done and supervised:
Oh man you’d wish to have a fortnite currency to sell to the 12 year olds.
The scams wouldn’t be as broad if cc markets didn’t exist, so why are you allowing NFT and other similar garbage games on your store??? https://t.co/iuwQObHR4K
— Jim ate my gabagool (@WhereDaGabagool) June 6, 2022
Oh man, you wish you had fortnite currency to sell to 12 year olds. Scams wouldn’t be as big if cryptocurrency markets didn’t exist, so why are you allowing NFTs and other similar junk games on your store???
When a new technology emerges, some people use it well and some people misuse it. You would have to be terribly myopic to ban an entire area of technology for such a reason.
A reaction which was immediately followed by a comment stating “I guess we’ll just have to wait a bit longer before we see the first good use”. However, Tim Sweeney’s answer does not come from nothing since in the fall, heVait said he was ready to integrate games featuring cryptocurrency and NFTs if the latter respect the laws in force, that they specify their conditions of use, and that they are clearly identified in terms of recommended age.