Ubisoft Faces Criticism After Launching NFT Cosmetics System
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Dec. 7, 2021

Ubisoft, a French video game developer, has announced the launch of a beta version of a new platform for players with support for non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

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The so-called Quartz platform allows players to acquire Digits, the NFTs playable in Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint. The company says Digits will be released as part of limited editions, each composed of a "fixed number of cosmetic items."

Digits represent collectible in-game items like vehicles, weapons, and pieces of equipment. Nicolas Pouard, VP of Ubisoft's Strategic Innovation Lab, says Quartz is the "first building block in our ambitious vision for developing a true metaverse."

The NFTs will be based on the Tezos blockchain network. Quartz will be available in beta starting December 9 at 6PM UTC in the USA, Canada, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Australia and Brazil.

However, not everyone seemed to share the company's optimism. Users complain that the NTFs are tied to only one game and are not backward compatible with other projects. Others expressed skepticism about energy efficient properties even though Ubisoft emphasized that the tokens are based on Tezos, which needs significantly less energy to operate in comparison with Bitcoin or Ethereum.

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As iHodl earlier reported, Discord decided not to pursue its plans for cryptocurrency wallets integration after the company faced objections from the community, which claims cryptocurrencies harm the environment. The criticism came after Discord teased a new feature that allowed users to link their accounts with a cryptocurrency wallet called MetaMask.

According to a tweet published by Discord's founder, Jason Citron, the company was also exploring linking wallets via WalletConnect, a web3 service that connects various blockchain networks. However, the Reddit thread titled "Discord developers: please do not support NFTs," which got 7,000 upvotes, pointed out that most NFTs appear to have "little value and exist only to speculate on."

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