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Outerverse Devs Warn Players About Scam Blockchain Game

January 24, 2022

By: Robert N. Adams

 
 

Outerverse publisher Freedom Games is warning of a scam blockchain game and crypto token called Outerverse Metaverse & Decentralized Platform -- and Freedom Games says it is violating the copyright and trademarks of developer Tbjbu2.

Freedom Games is a fairly new publisher on the block that has launched nearly a dozen new games over the last year and a half. Its most recent release is Outerverse, a game that's all about crafting machines to fight massive bosses in a voxel-based universe.

 

Unfortunately, it looks like not everything is going great for Freedom Games -- it has raised the alarm about a new blockchain game and crypto token that Freedom Games says is using Outerverse's copyrighted content without the developer's permission.

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What's Going on with Outerverse and the Blockchain?

Outerverse has a gameplay loop familiar to most gamers: build something to fight a boss, advance your tech, and progress to the next boss. It's simple, but it works. Unfortunately, it looks like this new game has attracted the attention of a blockchain game that Freedom Games says is violating the developer's copyright.

"An NFT scam pretending to be publisher Freedom Games and developer Tbjbu2’s crafting survival game 'Outerverse', but with blockchain technology and token integration, has been fraudulently marketing itself to the game and NFT communities," read an e-mail from Freedom Games. "This is patently false. There is absolutely no NFT integration in the real Outerverse or with any other titles from Freedom Games."

 
 

The offending game in question is Outerverse Metaverse & Decentralized Platform, which describes itself as follows:

$OUTERVERSE is developed Game Metaverse & DexSwap platform that connects gamers and enables trade token. This gives $OUTERVERSE a real practical utility within the OUTERVERSE ecosystem. Embrace a platform where gamers and blockchain converge!

That sounds like par for the course for a new blockchain game or crypto token. The difference here, however, is that Freedom Games says that this blockchain game is using Outerverse's name, art assets, and other copyrighted content without permission.

Crypto tokens, the blockchain, and NFTs have all been growing in gaming in recent years, so much so that the Expeditions: Rome developer recently closed down to focus on making NFT games. While we've seen some interesting concepts and disappointing tie-ins (like Konami's Castlevania NFTs), there have also been a fair few scams over the years -- one of which managed to impact a Twitch co-founder to the tune of $150,000.

Freedom Games says that it has already contacted the webhost for the unauthorized blockchain game, but it doesn't expect much -- in its assessment, this particular web host appears unresponsive to complaints about copyright violations and the like. Freedom Games is also exploring legal action against the website and any related projects. For now, you can buy the genuine Outerverse for PC in Early Access at the price of $14.99 or your regional equivalent.

 
 

Correction: This article originally said Freedom Games owned the ip. This has been corrected to reflect that developer Tbjbu2 owns the Outerverse IP.

What do you think about what's going on with Outerverse? Do you think blockchain technology can be useful for gaming or is it all a fad? Let us know in the comments below!