Published on: 28/03/2022
Developer to integrate NFT, blockchain in card game Storybook Brawl
A free-to-play card game on Steam, Storybook Brawl, received an unexpected response from its player base shortly after the game developer Good Luck Games announced plans to integrate the game with NFTs and blockchain technology.
Reportedly, the plans as many had speculated are related to the studio behind Storybook Brawl which has been acquired on March 22, by FTX US, an American partner company of Bahamian cryptocurrency exchange, FTX.
“I’ve got exciting news to share today – FTX US has acquired Good Luck Games (that’s us, the creators of Storybook Brawl), and we are thrilled to finally get to announce it. Good Luck Games started as a tiny team in 2019, with just Matt Place, Josh Utter-Leyton, and Matt Nass as founders,” Storybook Brawl’s announcement reads.
“Their vision was to make a fun indie game that combined engaging gameplay with deep strategy, and after adding John Conbere (our Lead Engineer) to the team, they were able to make it happen. The goal was to make the best game possible given the resources at hand, and Storybook Brawl was as fun as hoped.”
Shortly after announcing Good Luck Games’ plan of an “ethical” NFT and blockchain integration to Storybook Brawl, promising that the game will be made “better for players” and with a heavy emphasis on fun comes first—the developer’s vague grand plan was not well accepted by the game’s active player base.
Aware that the developer’s decision is one that is disappointed, fans ended up review-bombing the Storybook Brawl’s store page on Steam.
FTX US acquires Good Luck Games
As mentioned previously, Good Luck Games was acquired last week. The acquisition according to Storybook Brawl’s news website began with FTX US’ team including its co-founder Sam Bankman-Fried saw the game’s potential and “fell in love with the game as well.”
“We couldn’t stop playing Storybook Brawl when it became available on Early Access in Steam last summer,” Bankman-Fried added.
“Outside of it being an incredibly fun game our whole office enjoys, with its highly engaging gameplay and free-to-play model, we saw an opportunity to be the vanguard for the ethical integration of gaming and crypto transactions in a way that hasn’t yet been done in this space.”
Good Luck Games also added the acquisition will take Good Luck Games to a new level as the developer has resources prepared and another recent partnership with an arena deck tracker analytics, Untapped.gg.
The developer only shared team perspectives and what they are planning to do in the future in general. But, As unable to provide the specifics plans for the game now that FTX US has acquired the studio.
Moreover, there are three things which they have shared, perhaps what players may expect when the developer integrated NFTs and blockchain technology into the game; 1) fun comes first; 2) integration must be ethical and make the game better for players; and 3) Storybook Brawl will remain to be a game the developer came to proud and love.
“We are currently working on and prototyping a variety of approaches, and will let you know when we have a better idea of the direction we are headed,” the developer’s announcement added.