YouTube giant and billionaire MrBeast has partnered with an esports tech company called eFuse to promote an esports league called Creator League, which last week recruited important streamers and influencers, including Bella Poarch or iShowSpeed. A project that had to be paused since a controversy arose due to the use of NFTs in it, something that the participants claim to have not been informed of previously.
Several reports indicate that shortly after the Creator League launched, several influencers linked to it began to complain about, precisely, the use of blockchain technology. This since the league offered fans “Community Passes”, which cost $20 each and were linked to players and content creators who led teams in the Creator League. Passes that allowed their owners to join an exclusive Discord server, to vote in polls, participate in certain competitions, among other things and that according to several claims, would be linked to NFT.
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One of those who immediately stepped aside from the Creator League was YouTuber Connor “CDawgVA” Colquhoun, who said in a Twitter/X post: “I agreed to join the Creator League without fully understanding the technology behind it. Needless to say, with the current information available, I am planning to retire.”
“They assured me that it had nothing to do with NFTs. Given my open hatred of that technology, I would never have agreed to join if I had known,” CDawgVA said.
Even the OTK co-founder known as TipsOut assured that Efuse told him “that there were no NFT/crypto components” in the Creator League. Something that apparently was not totally true since Efuse itself stated that in reality, if it is using the Near blockchain technology (which allows access to Mass Web3), to “validate data and record information related to the Community Passes”, emphasizing in a announcement that the passes “are not NFT”. Shawn Pavel, Vice President of Engineering at eFuse, says in this statement that: “Within the product, blockchain provides additional transparency to inventory levels,”
The postponement of the league has also generated a disaster within eFuse, since as indicated by the Esports Insider and Sports Business Journal, the company has had to lay off 30% of its staff, these being approximately 30 employees. Figure that was not officially confirmed, but according to the Decrypt medium, the company told them that it will carry out a “restructuring”.
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