Storybook Brawl, a free-to-play card game by Good Luck Games, received a surge of negative reviews after its developers announced that they planned to integrate NFTs and blockchain technology into the game.
Storybook Brawl is a card battle game with heroes based on characters from mythology and fairytales. Eight players can participate in a battle and the game includes more than thirty heroes to control. “Will you side with the evil vampire, Snow Wight? Or team up with the good Princess Peep and her battle-hardened sheep? Deep strategy meets enchanting fun in Storybook Brawl,” says the game’s website.
//H2// Acquisition by FTX
The announcement follows cryptocurrency exchange company FTX US’s acquisition of the game studio. Founded in 2019, FTX is a cryptocurrency exchange, so the move to incorporate their tech isn’t wholly surprising. However, Storybook Brawl received a vast number of negative reviews on Steam as a result of the announcement. The free-to-play card game now has a review status of “Overwhelmingly Negative,” with only 15 percent of reviews in the last month being positive.
Players were even more enraged when, as Eurogamer points out, one of the developers commented on the game’s Discord server, “To be clear, we are going to explore non-cosmetic angles.”
Despite the overwhelming number of negative reviews, Good Luck Games feels that such negativity comes from a “small but vocal segment” of the game’s fanbase, as the company told Kotaku. However, the company made it clear that it considers all players’ concerns important.
Blockchain gaming is a burgeoning market. In fact, blockchain gaming is one of the metaverse and gaming trends NewZoo suggests you watch in 2022. In January, the president of Square Enix, Yosuke Matsuda, announced the company’s plans to increase its metaverse, NFT, and blockchain presence. Likewise, Wildlife Studios is entering the blockchain gaming arena with its flagship title, Castel Crush. Additionally, Metaverse Game Studio recently raised $10 million from lead industry investors.
Despite the industry (and certainly the money behind it) increasingly moving to blockchain tech, it’s a move that remains unpopular with the gaming fanbase that have helped make so many big-name brands a success.