CCP rejects NFTs EVE Online: ‘Not For Tranquility’

In December 2021, CCP Games announced that NFTs featured in EVE Online’s Alliance Tournament XVII (opens in new tab), in prizes, sweepstakes and more. The studio said the implementation of NFTs was strictly a “measured bonus” for the annual tournament and employed a blockchain with “deeply minimal energy consumption”, but despite these reassurances, reaction from the player base was strongly negative.

The reaction was strengthened when CCP announced a crossover between EVE Online and Doctor who (opens in new tab); fans were immediately unhappy with the tonal clash between the two properties, but in the eyes of some gamers it started to make more sense – and not in a good way – when EVE fans realized that Doctor Who already has an NFT-based CCG called words apart (opens in new tab).

It has become a sufficient situation that CCP CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson posted a message explicitly stating that while NFTs and blockchain technology are potentially legal, there are no plans to incorporate them into the game.

“Many of us at CCP have been following the new frontier that has been developing around blockchains and cryptocurrencies over the past few years. We read your comments and we also see what you see – blockchain technology has a lot of untapped potential and a lot of work needed before it is ready. ready for EVE scale gaming,” wrote Pétursson.

“On that note, we have no plans to add blockchain technology to EVE Online’s Tranquility global server in the near future. Over the past two decades. While we remain intrigued by the technology, for us, NFT stands for ‘Not for Tranquility’.”

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Pétursson added that while the CPP “will continue to push the boundaries of digital economies and virtual worlds” within EVE ownership, it will do so “outside the [Tranquillity].”

NFTs have been a touchy subject in the video game industry for some time now. Developers and publishers, including electronic arts (opens in new tab), GSC game world (opens in new tab), team 17 (opens in new tab)and Troy Baker (opens in new tab) have been pressured to slow down or backtrack on their NFT ambitions, and the only major player who so far seems determined to stick with them – Ubisoft – recently pulled the plug (opens in new tab) in their first attempt to incorporate NFTs into a big game, leaving players with nothing to show for it but worthless in-game items. Given all this, and the uncertainty surrounding the CCP’s intentions towards NFTs in recent months, it’s not surprising that Pétursson wants to clearly and categorically reject them, at least for now.

EVE Online is famous fan party (opens in new tab) The event is scheduled to return in 2022 after being canceled in 2020 and 21 because of the Covid-19 pandemic: it is scheduled to take place from May 6 to 7 in Reykjavik, Iceland. Pétursson confirmed that he will be present.

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