Epic Hero Battles, a blockchain-based game that has released more than 10,000 NFTs, has been called out on Twitter for misappropriating another developer's work.
The game's NFTs, while so far genuine, had copied the artwork of Wildfire, a traditional video game released in 2020 and available on the Steam Store.
Developers of NFTs usually claim that their work is original and represents private artists. However, in the case of Epic Hero Battles, the similarity with Wildfire was so striking that it caught the eye of Wildfire developer Dan Hindes who took to Twitter and tagged the game.
To Epic Hero Battles' credit, their team responded quickly and took down the NFT, issuing an apology that read: “Hi guys! I want to tell you about the art that was used on the site. We got it from the web dev, but we didn’t check it, our mistake. This won’t happen again, honestly.”
Yet, this brings up the question of who authenticates NFTs, as in the case of Epic Hero Battles it was a developer picking an NFT. Does this mean the rest of the artwork is generated from imagery found on the internet?
Understandably, Epic Heroes Battles incurred further scrutiny and it was soon found out that the company's Twitter profile picture had been stolen from a Tumblr post, which puts the validity of the project and its worth at serious question.
It also indicates that the NFT bonanza should be taken with a grain of salt as projects such as Epic Hero Battles are hardly the only ones fishing for quick buck. If you want a genuine crypto gaming experience, we recommend visiting Bitcasino, 1xBit or FortuneJack.