GameStop’s NFT marketplace sold stolen indie games

Sclerotic retailer Funko Pop GameStop is continuing its ill-advised pivoting of the NFT market despite a series of embarrassments. Less than two weeks after news broke that his service has hosted an NFT “adaptation” of a famous image of a 9/11 victim (opens in a new tab) falling to death, a report from Ars Technica (opens in a new tab) revealed that the GameStop NFT Marketplace facilitated the sale of unauthorized NFT copies of indie games.

An individual named Nathan Ello released the NiFTy Arcade Collection on GameStop’s marketplace, earning 8.4 ETH (about $14,000) in initial sales. Ello definitely didn’t have permission to use at least two of those games in his project, and it also appears, but isn’t entirely certain, that he wasn’t allowed to use three more additional games included in NiFTy Arcade. Ello also did not have a license to use the PICO-8 engine used in these five games.

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