Team17 ends controversial MetaWorms NFT project after pushback


Team17 has rolled back plans to create NFTs based on its Worms series, just a day after the project’s unveiling. The publisher has said it has listened to the responses it has received.

The publisher revealed Metaworms, his “generative NFT art project,” yesterday. Created in collaboration with the reality gaming group, the MetaWorms are said to have been unique pieces of computer-generated Worms-based art. Team17 claimed they wouldn’t need as much energy to generate as other NFTs. It also pledged to donate a portion of the proceeds to sustainability initiative Coin 4 Planet. In particular, it would donate to the Refeed Farms plan, which supports worm beds that break down food waste.

Within hours of Team17’s announcement, it started to be criticized for this project. Developer Aggro Crab, the creators of Going Under, tweeted that it would not work with Team17 on future projects unless the decision was reversed. Co-indie developer Playtonic tweeted that it did not approve and would not use the use of NFTs. Both developers suggested that Team17 employees were not aware of this decision before it was announced.

Team17 announced today that it is ending the MetaWorms project, saying, “We have listened to our teamsters, development partners and our games communities and the concerns they have expressed, and have therefore made the decision to step back from the NFT space.”

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This reflects a similar response received by GSC Game World, the developers of Stalker 2. It also recently unveiled an NFT-based project and retracted the announcement after a strong response.

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