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Dr. Disrespect – one of the world’s most popular video game streamers – has unveiled a commemorative NFT collection produced by his gaming studio “Midnight Society”. The collection – available to 10,000 of his most dedicated community members – will be privy to various benefits surrounding his game’s development.
However, like many on the gaming scene, a substantial portion of his following didn’t take kindly to the reveal.
The “Day Zero” Access Pass
The streamer presented and explained the new collection during one of his YouTube livestreams on Tuesday. His audience was expecting to hear details surrounding his studio’s long-anticipated first PVP game, but many were surprised to hear it was integrating NFTs and blockchain.
“You don’t have to have NFTs to play the game,” said Dr. Disrespect. “It doesn’t change your experience of the game once it releases, and it’ll continue to be free to play. You can’t buy your way to win. However, for those of you who want to get more involved, there are ways for you to do so involving NFTs.”
The collection features 10,000 “VisorCortex” NFTs that operate as “founders passes” for their holders. Anyone can apply to receive one for free, but only the most dedicated of Dr. Disrespect’s community will be approved for them. Approval will be based on metrics such as when they joined the Midnight Society, and how active of a gamer they are.
The owners will not benefit from any performance enhancements in the studio’s upcoming game, but will receive other perks on Midnight Society’s website, and in real life. For example, holders will be granted unique profile pictures, early access to game builds and weapons testing, voting rights on game features, and other benefits at IRL gaming conventions.
“The main thing is that you are literally a part of the development process,” continued the streamer. “You guys have true ownership.”
The studio is also distributing a set of limited edition “claw collectible” NFTs for anyone to claim within the next week.
What Did the Fans Think?
Though the reaction was largely positive, a major section of his community was disappointed that the streamer chose to adopt NFTs. Gamers have been known not to take kindly to digital assets in the past, often associating them with scams or environmental harm.
Defenders countered by pointing out that the NFT distribution was free, not required to play the game, and actually came with tangible benefits. Furthermore, environmental harm is far less of an issue given that the NFTs exist on Polygon – a proof of stake network.
The founders’ pass collection received 50,000 applications within its first five hours, proving more successful so far than other gaming companies’ attempts to integrate NFTs.