Why NFTs Are A Nightmare

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At Brazil’s International Games Festival last week, developer Mark Venturelli (Chroma Squad) was scheduled to give a talk called “The Future Of Game Design”. A few seconds in, he converted and revealed the presentation’s real title—“Why NFTs are a nightmare”—to a room packed with applause.

The talk absolutely rails on the idea of implementing NFTs and “play to earn” in video games, attacking the environmental cost, predatory practices, and the fact that they’ll turn games into salt mines and sweatshops, rather than creative works people can simply enjoy. All things we already knew, but it’s always nice seeing a developer support the point in a forum among their peers.

A video of the talk has been uploaded to YouTube, but since it’s all in Portuguese it won’t be of much use to most of you. It should, however, autoplay below to the moment that Venturelli breaks, laughs, and makes the switch, a moment we can all appreciate.

“These people are outsiders here, they’re not important,” he said of the scam peddlers during the presentation. “They’re just trying to buy their relevance because they have no actual influence over the future of our industry. If you just give them this space uncontested, you’re just giving them exactly what they want, and buying their narrative that they’re relevant.”

In a subsequent interview with PC Gamer, Venturelli says “I’ve heard that the sponsors got really mad. They tried to break into the talk while I was talking, but the organization would not let them…There was never any kind of intention on [the organizer’s] side to shut me up or anything like that.”


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