19$ Fortnite NFT, Who Wants It?
Somebody made a Fortnite-themed cryptocurrency, and officials over at Epic Games are having none of it. “Fortnite Token” launched a while ago, but didn’t rise to prominence until it got a mention from Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO of Epic Games. There’s a common saying that there’s no such thing as bad press, and we’ll soon find out how valid that is. Because this attention was not positive, by any stretch of the imagination.
That’s a scam.
— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) June 6, 2022
Now, we all know what corporate distancing looks like. “X is not officially endorsed by… etc etc.” It’s pretty clear that this isn’t anything like what we know: Sweeney isn’t happy, and his legal team is out for blood. In a further statement, he tweeted: “There isn’t a Fortnite cryptocurrency. The Twitter accounts promoting such a thing are a scam. Epic’s lawyers are on it. Also, shame on the cryptocurrency marketplaces that enable this kind of thing.”
The cryptocurrency creators did have a response of their own, however. It’s in that all-too-familiar language you’ve heard countless times before. “Fortnite Token isn’t a scam cryptocurrency project. Instead, this is a fair-launch, community-driven, Fortnite game fans-created cryptocurrency project with no specified owner or company structure behind it or a CEO deciding on its future.”
There has been no statement from the larger Fortnite world about the token, beyond Tim Sweeney’s statements. Despite whatever internal work their legal department is doing, it’s business as usual for all other official Fortnite outlets.