Crypto Twitter Reacts to Official 'Game of Thrones' NFTs: 'Worst Thing I've Ever Seen'
The "Game of Thrones" official NFT collection, dubbed "Build Your Realm," has completely sold out just seven hours after its release yesterday on Nifty's NFT marketplace.
The high demand for these collectibles might have been easy to predict due to the popularity of the show (and its new spinoff series "House of the Dragon"). But many are now comparing the quality of the collection's art to the eighth season of the HBO series: a major let-down.
The first series of the collection, first announced in November, is a collaboration between Nifty's and Daz 3D, a digital production company that designed and developed the non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Each NFT, minted on the Palm blockchain—an Ethereum-compatible sidechain developed specifically for NFTs—features various elements from the "Game of Thrones" universe, allowing collectors to create their own unique realms and avatars. Distribution of the NFTs came via a presale of 3,450 Hero Boxes and then a public sale of 1,500 Hero Boxes four hours later. Each Hero Box cost $150 (~0.11 ETH) and includes one Hero Avatar, three Story Cards, and nine Resource Cards.
The controversy surrounding the NFT launch has been twofold: issues with the mint and mocking of the comically poor avatar designs.
Nifty’s announced that it had “paused the queue temporarily” due to congestion, assuring buyers that they’d see their purchase appear shortly or would be refunded.
One user on Twitter claims to have waited an hour just to hear that they would have to wait another 2.5 hours before minting. Another alleged that by the time they received their NFTs, the floor price had already dropped. A collection’s floor price refers to the lowest price for an NFT within the collection that can be bought immediately.
While issues related to minting and delivery can be common during a project's launch, the more notable criticism relates to the visual look of the avatars—specifically the surreal hands.
“This Game of Thrones NFT collection is just like the last season of the show,” wrote Justin Taylor. “No creative vision and terrible.”
Loopify, the pseudonymous co-founder of Web3 game project Treeverse, called the collection “the worst thing I’ve ever seen,” sharing one particularly wonky-handed avatar.