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Team17 announces "environmentally friendly" Worms NFTs

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Portion of proceeds goes to soil project.

Worms developer Team17 has announced it is getting into NFTs.

These “limited edition” unique pieces of computer-generated artwork will be sold by Reality Gaming Group, which uses a “side-chain” of the “Ethereum mainnet”.

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This means, the company says, registering your unique ownership of each Worms collectible is “environmentally friendly”. So, should 100,000 people buy one, the energy used to register these unique images would be “the average annual kettle usage of just 11 households”.

There’s also a partnership to donate a portion of proceeds to NFT sustainability firm “Coin 4 Planet”, and specifically its Refeed Farms idea. This invests in worm beds which process food waste, and the claim here is it results in a cleaner output than commercial fertiliser.

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Images of the Worms NFTs themselves seem to be thin on the ground, but today’s announcement feels a little rushed. There’s a website – metaworms.live which currently shows a rotating 3D worm covered in glitter.

There’s also a MetaWorms Discord, where a project roadmap channel includes a post saying “do a roadmap”. Other channels such as “NFT Discussion”, “Speculation” and “Shilling channel” are currently empty. Clearly, it is early days.

Last week, Atari announced it would sell a range of giftable “surprise” NFT lootboxes to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Meanwhile, Ubisoft’s NFT bosses claimed in an interview that NFT-sceptical players just “don’t get it”.

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