Gamestop sold NFT games without ‘consent’, claims dev

An astronaut hands an image of the HTML game Breakout Hero to another astronaut.

image, Gamestop / Kristian Majewski / Kotaku

GameStop has proved once again with its NFT shenanigans that there is an unregulated market built on planet-destroying technology, and that may shock you, not a very good idea. Completely report from Ars Technica, the GameStop NFT Marketplace is once again the subject of controversy as an NFT miner on the platform has been caught selling an NFT-ified version of an HTML 5 game that he did not create himself and was not permitted to sell. Oh, and here’s the fun part, these games will probably now be on the blockchain forever!

GameStop has a number of conflicts In recent years Because it has tried to stay competitive and relevant. A recent use of this has been to try to create ripples in the NFT space, Starting a Marketplace for Digital Assets while still being awesome, The market has not been without controversy, including a recent NFT displaying art similar to an image. a man falling to his death During the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The latest round of crap to come out of the store involves a guy named Nathan Allo and his nifty arcade NFT, which aims to provide NFTs with some interactive fun. … But he didn’t stop and asked if he was allowed to use games developed by other people for this project, much less if he even had the right to earn money from them.

talking to my boxNathan Allo declined to comment on this story.

my box has reached out to GameStop for comment.

NFTs have been the subject of theft and suspicious ownership for some time. if it is not An NFT previously owned by a celebrity was stolenSo throwing intellectual property into a huge gray area, so it is Somebody making NFTs with art that doesn’t belong to them, The alleged security of NFTs has also been blown away by phishing schemes And clever hacker, The future of secure and traceable commerce through blockchain has been very insecure and it is very difficult to identify bad actors. And this latest controversy involving GameStop and NiFTy Arcade is yet another example of that mess. meanwhile, industry emphasis on Sell, using theAnd praise of nft In-spite of this very negative feedback And outrageous failures,

as Ars Technica First reported today, Allo’s “Nifty Arcade” NFT was meant to be “fully playable from the owner’s crypto wallet” or on the GameStop marketplace itself. It at least makes a little more sense than a simple JPEG. Instead of just buying a “link” to an image you clearly “own” you, at least you get to play a fun little HTML 5 game while the planet burns up.

However, this fun comes with the added bonus that NiFTy Arcade consists entirely of games developed by other people who never allowed their work to be used in this way or benefited from it. In fact, many of these games, such as name of worm Can be found on with a very explicit Creative Commons license that does not allow commercial use.

The backlash was fierce, with several developers stating that they felt ripped off by NiFTy Arcade. Krystian Majewski, developer of Breakout Hero, said in a statement to Ars Technica, that his work was “sold for profit without my consent.”

Ello has stated on Twitter that in some cases, inconsistencies with licensing language for other titles surely meant that he did no wrong in just taking them.

As Ars Technica detailed in their report, Ello has had his minting privileges suspended on GameStop’s marketplace and the NFTs in question have been taken down from the platform.

On top of that, through the wonderful magic of NFTs and the mighty blockchain, these minted games might just live on forever, where they can be bought and sold on other crypto marketplaces. GameStop’s NFTs use an “Interplanetary File System,” (IPFS) which would sound cool if that tech wasn’t enabling others to continue to buy and sell NFTs with no apparatus to check and verify the content or any legal issues surrounding them. It’s not entirely clear how GameStop verifies or spot checks the NFTs that arrive on its marketplace, though Their Terms of Service State that the buyer is responsible for verifying the authenticity of the NFT, not GameStop:

You are solely responsible for researching NFTs as well as understanding the seller’s terms and conditions of a potential purchase or sale of NFTs prior to purchase or sale. Such research may include, but is not limited to, verifying the authenticity and veracity of Seller’s claims and details of NFTs, such as ownership, exclusivity, intellectual property, license, scarcity, rarity, value and functionality. No GameStop entity (defined below) endorses any NFT or makes any claim with respect to the authenticity, ownership, exclusivity, intellectual property, license, scarcity, rarity, value, functionality and/or other attributes or rights .

But even if there is a thorough verification process at GameStop’s end, through the blockchain, IPFS file hashes can be accessed on any active node across multiple servers. This is Pandora’s art theft box.

This may be the nature of the NFT beast, but GameStop isn’t completely closed here. as Ars Technica Turns out, you can still pretty much use unlicensed NiFTy arcade games on GameStop’s servers. All you need is the right link for it and you can continue to access these NFTs anyhow. Joseph White, creator of the PICO-8 game engine that powers the Pixel games Allo appropriated for its nifty arcade games, has spoken out against GameStop, saying Ars Technica That the video game retailer does not provide any explicit method to remove an NFT that infringes the copyrights of others. They have filed a DMCA request, but they seem to have met a dead end.

my box has reached out to Joseph White for comment.

Let’s say you need to be a little more wealthy for a DMCA takedown request to have any effect; What a fair system! Maybe if I sing some Metallica songs, Lars Ulrich will step in To stop all this nonsense.

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