Stealing virtual art: NFT video game steals various works of pixel art

Aside from the huge demand for electricity, there is another reason to be skeptical about NFT: commercial theft. As usual, when there is a lot of money circulating in one area, the NFT market also attracts all kinds of scammers. So the recently alleged work of street artist Banksy ended up on one of the sites, which did not actually belong to the British. The “creators” of the Ethereum blockchain game Epic Hero Battles were particularly cocky, according to Kotaku. They advertised a “blockchain-based” game in which “10,000 randomly generated pixel heroes” were available for purchase through the NFT. Participation in the project should lead to winning prizes and more demand for NFTs. The graphics for the game were copied from another popular game “Wildfire”.
Wildfire creator Dan Hindes found the alleged plagiarist creator of the game on Twitter. She originally claimed that the graphics were provided by some web developer and had not been verified. Further investigation revealed that neither the roadmap background nor their own Twitter profile picture were their own original products.
The maker Wildfire has stated that it is almost normal for NFT to steal pixel art these days. The creators of Epic Hero Battles have deleted their Twitter account. However, they are still active on Discord. There, they announced that they would work on copyright issues and reposition themselves. All works will be created from scratch and in the future will consist of 100% copyright content, according to Epic Hero Battles.

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