Digital currencies, like Ethereum, are a hot topic right now, with NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, making their way into the gaming realm. The controversial blockchain unit has caught the attention of people like Valve, who recently said it would ban cryptocurrencies and NFTs on its Steam platform. However, despite the contention, Dead by Daylight developer Bohemia Interactive will be adding it to their popular multiplayer horror game, and it's getting heavily criticized for it on social media.
In a post on Dead by Daylight's Twitter account recently, the studio has been working with Boss Protocol, a company that makes NFT, with the cryptocurrency approved for the game. The initial tweet says that adding the digital currency to the game provides the opportunity to "grant access" to the latest chapter of the survival title. There is also an image attached to the tweet showing Pinhead and the words "NFT Collector" below the Hellraiser logo. However, fans have responded to the tweets, expressing their discontent that it is one of the latest in a series of games to have introduced an NFT system. One user accused the company of lying, referring to a previous tweet saying it would not be involved in NFT. Others in the answers have concerns about the environmental effects of the implementation of cryptocurrency, which is generally grown heavily, often across multiple graphics cards, which is very power consuming. One person even uploaded screenshots of them uninstalling Dead by Daylight all together.
Non-fungible tokens have sparked controversy, with artists upset that their original work was turned into NFT for sale. It has the potential to sell millions online, but some are skeptical about how digital art can have an original owner when online images can be replicated identically. Big companies like GameStop and Atari have gotten involved in the act in recent months, suggesting that NFTs may continue to grow in games.
Dead by Daylight is pretty much an option for online horror fans, and it's likely to increase in the run-up to Halloween. However, this latest development shows that fans are unhappy with the direction the game is taking. It may be one of the most popular online games today, especially in the streaming community, but the studios' decision to implement NFT, and the backlash that comes from it, will likely tarnish its reputation rather quickly.