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Epic Games Store backtracks, now welcomes NFT games

Published: 13:16, 16 October 2021
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Epic Games Store initially didn't want to tangle with NFTs and blockchain but reversed the ferret following the ban from their main competitor, Steam.

Epic Games' head honcho, Tim Sweeney, periodically posts Epic Games Store's policies on certain issues via Twitter and it was the case with NFTs and blockchain back in late September 2021.

The statement at the time was that "We", probably meaning Epic Games, "aren't touching NFTs as the whole field is currently tangled up with an intractable mix of scams, interesting decentralized tech foundations, and scams". Mentioning the high amount of scams tied to NFT and blockchain twice left quite the strong impression that EGS will not support such games and the rest of the sentence certainly didn't sound friendly to the whole concept either.

Less than three weeks later, following the  ban Steam imposed on NFTs and blockchain , the story seems to have changed. Epic Games Store will now welcome games that make use of blockchain tech and while there are some reservations, the entire scene is a bit off.

The tweet from October 16, 2021 , does not mention NFTs directly and only mentions "blockchain tech" so it remains to be seen whether Sweeney was or still might be specifically opposed to NFTs. That said, NFTs and blockchain are closely entwined so it's hard to imagine a game featuring one and not the other.

Either way, the stances in the two tweets sound like the polar opposites of each other, begging the question of whether Epic Games is reversing the ferret for the simple reason of scooping up a portion of the gaming market that Steam discarded.

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