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NFT hate leads to Storybook Brawl getting torpedoed on Steam in negative review campaign

Blockchain integration is coming to Storybook Brawl. (Image source: Good Luck Games/Unsplash - edited)
Blockchain integration is coming to Storybook Brawl. (Image source: Good Luck Games/Unsplash - edited)
The popular card strategy game Storybook Brawl has been subject to mass negative review bombing on Steam. The increase in negative reviews ties in with the news that the game’s developer, Good Luck Games, has been bought out by crypto company FTX. There are concerns FTX will proceed with monetized NFT and blockchain integration.

Steam users have been voicing their opinion in regard to the recent FTX acquisition of Good Luck Games, which also involved snapping up the game Storybook Brawl. Up to the middle of March, the fantasy card title had received overwhelmingly positive reviews but that all changed as soon as a press release made it clear that crypto currency exchange FTX had acquired the developer and the rights to Storybook Brawl.

The company’s plans for the future of the game apparently involve “the ethical integration of gaming and crypto transactions”. While that sounds innocuous enough itself, some further digging (via user “home” on ResetEra) showed that non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are likely to be involved in Storybook Brawl’s future, with some seeing this as nothing more than a cynical cash grab involving something with little to no intrinsic value.

Unsurprisingly, complainants have been vociferous, and Storybook Brawl’s review graph on Steam for the last few days reveals a perfect snapshot of the overall negative opinion (see below). Recent comments show a deep dislike of anything NFT related:

Was fun before it became a platform to sell NFTs

The sooner all these NFT games fail, the sooner we won't have to put up with this kind of trash from shady corporations

Great game, gobbled up by an NFT machine

Heard about the NFTs so I downloaded the game so I could leave a negative review.
I HATE NFTS!

The latter comment speaks volumes about the gaming sector as a whole, with a Steam user downloading the game just to make their opinion about NFT integration clear. It has also been revealed that the devs are “going to explore non-cosmetic angles” in regard to NFT/blockchain integration, leading to many fans of Storybook Brawl removing the title from their game library.

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Storybook Brawl has been review bombed recently. (Image source: Steam)
Storybook Brawl has been review bombed recently. (Image source: Steam)

CHICAGOMarch 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- West Realm Shires, Inc., the owner of FTX US, a leading U.S.-regulated cryptocurrency company, today announced that they have acquired Olympia, Wash.-based developer, Good Luck Games, creator of the popular upcoming card auto battle game Storybook Brawl. Following the acquisition, Good Luck Games will be integrated into FTX Gaming. 

 

"We couldn't stop playing Storybook Brawl when it became available on Early Access in Steam last summer," commented Sam Bankman-Fried, co-founder of FTX. "Outside of it being an incredibly fun game our whole office enjoys, with its highly engaging gameplay and free-to-play model, we saw an opportunity to be the vanguard for the ethical integration of gaming and crypto transactions in a way that hasn't yet been done in this space."

Developed by a team of veteran designers from Magic: The Gathering, Hearthstone and Elder Scrolls Legends, Storybook Brawl is a lighthearted card-based autobattler game featuring characters from beloved fairy tales and myths. While the game is easy to jump into and simple to play, its wide variety of cards offers opportunities for deep strategy and accommodates different play styles. Although still in open beta, the game has amassed thousands of Very Positive reviews on the Steam platform.

"As we build our team of outstanding artists at GL Games, we wanted to develop ways for both the artists and players to benefit from and feel ownership in the success of the game," says GL Games CEO Matthew Place. "We found that FTX has a similar mindset in creating the model for digital object ownership done right."

Storybook Brawl will be featured in the FTX booth at this week's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. The game is currently in Early Access on Steam with the mobile version expected to launch this summer.

FTX Gaming will focus on integrating environmentally friendly blockchain technologies as part of FTX's larger focus on climate and carbon neutrality. To learn more about FTX Climate and FTX's commitment to carbon neutrality, please visit: www.ftx-climate.com

About Good Luck Games
Founded in 2019, GL Games is helmed by four veteran card game designers and former professional players. Magic: The Gathering Hall of Famer Josh Utter-Leyton and top player Matthew Nass both worked on Elder Scrolls: Legends and Eternal. Magic: The Gathering Hall of Famer Luis Scott-Vargas (commonly known as LSV) has worked at Dire Wolf Digital as well as on numerous other digital and physical games, and is a founder of ChannelFireball.com, one of the premiere Magic websites and event companies. Matthew Place is a Magic Pro Tour champion turned game designer. He's had many roles during his 18 years in the game industry, including lead initial designer for Hearthstone at Blizzard Entertainment. www.storybookbrawl.com

About FTX Gaming
FTX Gaming is the gaming division of leading global crypto companies, FTX & FTX US, established to help developers create open economy games that players will love for decades. We do that by leveraging FTX's fullstack of technology and blockchain expertise to safely, compliantly, and seamlessly offer players low friction ways to take ownership of their digital assets.

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Daniel R Deakin, 2022-03-27 (Update: 2022-03-27)