GameStop NFT Marketplace is accused of selling games without permission

The GameStop NFT Marketplace is in hot water following the accusation that NFT games that were being made and sold do not have permission from the creators.

According to Ars Technica, there is also no deal for creators’ share of crypto profits.

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The NiFty Arcade collection is sold without permission from the creators

The NiFTy Arcade collection stood out during the first week of GameStop’s recently launched NFT Marketplace because instead of just selling basic JPEGs, the collection included “interactive NFTs” connected to HTML5 games.

But what made it more controversial is that it was discovered that the NFT-ified versions of the HTML5 games being sold are without the permission of the creator.

The NiFTy Arcade collection was published by Nathan Ello on the GameStop Marketplace. It brought in a total of 8.4 ETH or around $14,000 in initial sales, according to PC Gamer.

It turned out that Ello didn’t have permission to use at least two of his project’s games.

According to PC Gamer, while it’s not entirely certain, it appears he was not allowed to use three more additional games, which are part of NiFTy Arcade.

Also, Ello is not allowed to use the PICO-8 engine used in these five games.

The NiFTy Arcade has since been removed from GameStop’s NFT Marketplace and Ello has been suspended. However, he still owns the tens of thousands of dollars in cryptocurrency he earned selling those NFTs before the suspension.

However, even though the NFTs have already been removed from the GameStop NFT Marketplace, users can still access their copies of these unlicensed games.

Ello relaunched the project on another marketplace. But he promised games in the future would be “in full compliance with all NFT Marketplace terms of service”.

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The Man Behind The NiFty Arcade Collection Claims Licensing Issues Are His Honest Mistakes

Ello admitted that he never asked permission from the original creators of Ver Name Name and Galactic Wars before reselling them.

Evidence shows that Ello created and distributed other games through NFT marketplaces without permission from the creators. Games include escape hero, Super Disc Boxand Overload of invaders.

According to Ello, he attempted to set up his NiFTy Arcade by “finding repositories of open-source games approved for commercial use.” However, he seems to be quite careless with the approval process.

For instance, Ver Name Name is listed on itch.io with a Creative Commons Asset License which does not permit commercial use. Likewise, Super Disc Box is part of the Lexaloffle website with the same non-commercial license.

The PICO-8 engine, which powers the games, also has licensing issues. “The PICO-8 license agreement does not permit use where the author’s permission is not granted,” said Joseph “Lexaloffle” White, creator of the PICO-8 pixel game engine.

According to Ello, some of these licensing issues were his honest mistakes. But White didn’t buy Ello’s alibi.

Madrid-based Galactic Wars creator Borja “Volcano Bytes” of Tena says Ello hasn’t contacted him regarding the use of his games. Ello simply took the games and sold them.

Meanwhile, Ello has offered to compensate developers harmed by NiFTy Arcade, according to PC Gamer. But this act was quite insulting to the developers, Ars Technica noted.

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