Popular Game Bondee’s Plan of Integrating NFTs into the Game Draws Different Reactions From Players
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- Bondee is currently receiving different reactions from its players after they found out that its developer, Metadream, is planning to integrate blockchain technology and NFTs into the game.
- As its policy read: You can create a blockchain-based wallet on the public blockchain within the Platform, purchase B-Beans by using fiat currency; and then use such B-Beans to purchase NFT products publicly available on the Platform for yourself or your friend.
- While NFTs are still not within the app, some of the outfits for the avatars are currently available for a “limited free trial,” which may indicate that those might have to be purchased using B-Beans once the trial ends.
- Metadream has yet to comment on the date of the game’s NFT integration.
Although it was launched quietly a few weeks ago in selected Asian countries, Singapore-based social networking app Bondee, which allows its users to create avatars, has definitely made a name for itself in a short span of time.
However, as its popularity grows, controversies and mixed reactions towards the app also increase. One of its latest announcements—integrating non-fungible tokens (NFTs)—is now drawing various responses from its users.
Bondee attracted its users with features such as allowing them to personalize 3D avatars, decorate rooms, and do activities with their friends. It is a social networking platform developed by tech firm Metadream. The app became so popular that it already has more than one million downloads in the Google Play Store, just two weeks after its launch. It is currently available in countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Japan, and South Korea.
“You can create a blockchain-based wallet on the public blockchain within the Platform, purchase B-Beans by using fiat currency; and then use such B-Beans to purchase NFT products publicly available on the Platform for yourself or your friend. Your NFT products will be stored in your blockchain-based wallet by using the blockchain technology. We will collect data generated during the aforementioned purchases, including wallet balance, B-Beans order information, and NFT order information. Please note that your wallet mnemonics phrase, private key, wallet password and other private data will only be stored on your local device, and we are not able to access such data,” the policy read.
While NFTs are still not within the app, some of the outfits for the avatars are currently available for a “limited free trial,” which may indicate that those might have to be purchased using B-Beans once the trial ends.
As of this writing, the conversion rate for the app’s currency, B-Beans, to fiat is::
- 100 B-Beans – ₱49
- 500 B-Beans – ₱249
- 1000 B-Beans –₱499
- 2000 B-Beans –₱999
- 3000 B-Beans – ₱1,490
- 5000 B-Beans –₱2,390
Among gamers and casual users, the reputation of having NFTs within games has always been a bad thing. Bondee users are no different, as many of them immediately expressed distrust for the app after finding out about its NFT aspect.
Some users even pointed out how the NFT aspect of the app was omitted in their marketing strategy.
The majority of those who said they would delete Bondee cited that because NFTs are harmful to the environment.
Are you curious if NFTs are truly harmful to the environment? Read this: Cryptoday 067 – Masama nga ba sa Kalikasan ang NFT Art?
Other users expressed that they immediately deleted the app as soon as they learned that it had NFTs in it. However, it should be noted that just like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Reddit, and other social media applications that integrated NFTs in them, Bondee is not so different; users may still use the app freely and they have the choice whether to purchase and use NFTs or not.
Currently, Metadream has yet to comment on the date of the game’s NFT integration.
Prior to this, Bondee faced allegations regarding its users’ credit card information being leaked through the platform. The issue was immediately addressed by its developers, stating that “such rumors are false and untrue, as Metadream does not currently collect users’ credit card information or any other financial information.”
Last year, “Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds,” a sequel to the popular role-playing game (RPG) Ni No Kuni, also received backlash from gamers after it was announced that the game will have NFTs.
What are NFTs?
Non-fungible tokens, in layman’s terms, are items that are not interchangeable, not exchangeable, not transportable, and not replaceable—meaning that each NFT is, more often than not, distinct, unique, and easily verifiable. It could be an image, an audio file, a video file, digital art, an in-game asset, a virtual land, or even actual real-life-objects. For real-life items, these objects may be represented by a digital version or something else that may prove your ownership over your NFT.
To learn more about NFTs, visit BitPinas.
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