The popular online platform ArtStation got support from environmentally conscious artists and users within hours of announcing a series of non-exchangeable icons, or NFT, from several famous artists.
On March 9th, the platform announced that the program is scheduled to launch today and will feature artwork by artists including Halo Infinite Art Director Nicholas “Sparta” Bouvier, former NASA astronaut Nicole Stott, Artistic Director of Franchise in Assassin’s Creed Raphael Lacoste, artist Craig Mullins, and magic illustrator. : The Gathering Alena Aenami.
After a violent barrage of criticism, all references to this announcement were scrapped and replaced with a short message on the site: “In light of the criticism on social media about NFT, it is clear that now is not the time for NFT. There is. On ArtStation”. Despite the setback, the company hasn’t completely abandoned the technology, suggesting potential future uses:
“We are very sorry for all the negative emotions that caused this. Despite our attempts to validate our approach, it is clear that we made a mistake and admitted the errors. It was bad. We believe that NFT is a transformative technology that can make a huge and positive difference to digital artists.”
Dapper Labs founder and CEO Roham Garegozlaw said the decision to collapse was “short-lived” and added that “on the one hand, blocks will remain mined, on the other hand, the criticism is mostly not related to evidence for core blockchains like Blockchain Flow [used in NBA Top Shot] “.
The original ArtStation plan appears to have used Ethereum’s ERC-721 token, which remains as evidence of the energy-intensive blockchain to operate until most transactions migrate to the more efficient Proof of Stake Eth2 blockchain. It is not clear if the platform considers other locks the NFT could have put using some energy.
The apology attracted only a small portion of the community, but artists like Ashley Grace took to Twitter again to express their concern about the post’s seemingly vague wording, and compare NFT to a “hierarchical blueprint for an environmental nightmare”
Before the first announcement, ArtStation was unable to respond, adding that it would “help offset the carbon footprint of any digital art made on the platform.”
Twitter user “Bleached Rainbows” stated, “ArtStation goes to NFT and talks,” but don’t worry! We pay for the carbon compensation equivalent to setting a house on fire, then put one plant in a pot at the burning site as a “compensation”. ”
The adversities arose amid other controversies, including rumors of sexism and adult content, with the artists threatening to cancel their subscriptions. Other concerns included the disorganized nature of the NFT space and the potential for fraud, and criticism of the move was an attempt to raise money for the platform and for its most famous artists.
Despite heated controversy, NFT continues to gain widespread support through Christie’s Heating Auction, Beeples Everydays: The First 5000 Days. Kinetic founder Jehan Chu tried to join, but his stake was sold for $ 7.25 million in two days.
The highest bid is currently $ 9.75 million.
Nine hours after ArtStation canceled the launch of NFT, Rob Gronkowski announced a new four-card NFT deck that represented his four tournaments. The cards will be auctioned off via Opensea on March 10.