What happened now? Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games, could not be expected to call the Fortnite token a “scam”, but then the cryptocurrency project has no official connection with the company or the battle royale shooter. Sweeney later tweeted that the case was handled by Epic lawyers, so the token could be closed soon enough.

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PC gamer reports that Fortnite Token first appeared at the end of last year. Given its name and the large F it uses for its logo, you might think there is an official connection to the game itself. But no; the creators describe it as a fan-made project “with no specific owner or company structure behind it”.

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On May 29, the Fortnite Token team invited people to mint NFT tokens for sale on the OpenSea website. It appears that Sweeney noticed or was informed of the tweet yesterday, replying, “It’s a scam.”

The developers of Fortnite Token were not afraid of criticism from the boss of Epic Games. “Fortnite Token is not a scam cryptocurrency project,” they replied. “Instead, it’s a fair, community-driven, fan-made Fortnite cryptocurrency project that doesn’t have a specific owner or company structure behind it, or a CEO who decides its future.”

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Sweeney, whose willingness to go to war with Twitter rivals Elon Musk, responded with an explanation that most people would consider fairly obvious: “However, that’s not how trademarks and copyrights work,” he wrote. “You may not use the Fortnite name and images without permission to sell a third party product.”

Sweeney then confirmed that Fortnite’s cryptocurrency does not exist, adding an ominous (for Fortnite Token developers) warning that Epic’s lawyers are “looking into it.” He also criticized the crypto markets for allowing these types of copyright infringing tokens.

Sites selling NFTs have had a problem with dubious digital tokens for a long time: Cent suspended transactions due to a flood of fake digital assets earlier this year and a plethora of unofficial tokens. resembling YouTube stars and influencers hit OpenSea around the same time.

All this does not mean that Sweeney is completely against technology. valve famously prohibited blockchain games from Steam last year, which led to the CEO of its competitor confirming that the Epic Games Store would allow them to be sold on its store. However, he added that Epic will not use cryptocurrencies in their games.