On Monday, Tim Sweeney tweeted that Epic isn’t touching NFTs, in a public response to what was presumably an NFT pitch. He cites the space’s problem with scams as the rationale for his hesitancy, which sparked some dialogue within the feedback (as robust statements about crypto have a tendency to do). Sweeney has since clarified his views on NFTs just a little, saying that, to him, proudly owning an NFT is about as helpful as liking a picture on Twitter and calling into question whether or not NFT possession is definitely non-fungible.
Whereas Sweeney’s publicly made his place clear, it’s not going to cease him from getting a wave of NFT pitches, which you can see for your self by looking “@TimSweeneyEpic nft” on Twitter. It’s comprehensible why folks attempt, although — Fortnite has made billions by means of the sale of digital objects, and there’s been a whole lot of dialogue round utilizing NFTs in video games (not that Epic and Sweeney were small fries earlier than Fortnite took off).
Whereas the NFT area does have fake art and shady goings-on at major companies (together with the various other scams which have taken off as NFTs rocketed to prominence this yr), that’s most likely not why we aren’t seeing V-NFTs take the place of V-Bucks. A extra possible reply is that, to this point, Epic doesn’t want to use blockchain tech to earn a living, and NFTs aren’t prepared to resolve issues like its combat with Apple over what’s allowed within the App Retailer. It’s not like scams are stopping different well-known firms from diving into the area — the NBA-licensed Top Shots has operated with out incidents elevating too many eyebrows.
Curiously, Sweeney additionally retweeted a part of a semi-viral thread about “Net 3,” or a popular concept in the crypto community of rethinking the net, specializing in blockchains and tokens. The concept is that Net 3 is a return to the decentralized nature of Net 1, as opposed to “Net 2.0,” the place most individuals spend their days on platforms owned by large firms like Fb, Twitter, and Google. After all, cryptocurrency (particularly Ethereum) performs a giant half in that imaginative and prescient. The a part of the thread Sweeney retweeted remembers an early model of the net with open protocols and extra group authorities, although how that relates to the way forward for Fortnite is unclear — maybe it was just a few nostalgia for an online that appears to be lengthy gone.