Evolved Apes is a collection of 10,000 unique NFTs that can be purchased on the NFT market Outside seaEach of them is destined to be a character in the Evolved Apes fighting game, in which NFT owners fight their apes against each other in the battle for Ethereum cryptocurrency rewards (as I understand, Just like what the ancient apes did thousands of years ago).
But all this has taken a catastrophic derailment: according to vice According to reports, one week after Evolved Apes went live, the person in charge of the project disappeared, taking away 798 Ether-worth about US$2.7 million.
The money was raised through the sale of NFTs and is expected to be used to support the development and marketing of the game. But the report said that as the project leader began to be negligent, communications became unstable and the situation began to become tricky in September. It was also found that the artists of the project did not get paid in full, and the winners of the social media contest did not receive NFT prizes.
Supporters eventually asked community member Mike_Cryptobull to investigate the situation and write a report explaining what happened. In it, he said that Evil Ape, the aptly named administrator of the project’s blockchain wallet (whose real identity has not been disclosed) has disappeared and took his money.Official Evolution Ape Twitter Account and website It’s gone.
“Evil Ape washed away the hands of this project, took away all the ETH in the wallet, and used it for everything, from paying artists, paying cash gifts, paying marketing expenses, paying for rare tools, developing games, and everything in between. Everything else between the people,” the report said. “This wallet is also used to obtain 4% royalties from resales. Evil Ape also holds some 1/1 Evolved Ape NFTs for gifts.”
There is no mention of criminal charges in Mike_Cryptobull’s report or Vice’s story, partly because it is not entirely clear that the crime has occurred. According to Jdmjem, Fight back against the ape discord, The police report was filed in the United Kingdom, where the crew of Evolved Apes was located, but although “there must be an aspect of the scam”, technically it may not.
“The problem is that everyone gets what they paid, NFT,” they said in an email sent to PC Gamer. “In the final analysis, any promises to games or other developments are not part of your purchase.”
“People are trying to submit police reports, but [the] The problem is that this is unknown turf. Although it is immoral, it is not technically illegal. We all got the price we paid. “
Questions about unpaid artists and contest winners still exist, but due to jurisdictional issues — the NFT market is international, and Evolved Apes purchases come from all over the world — and the fact that individual reported amounts are much smaller, this makes The problem becomes more complicated than the sum, so it is unlikely to cause too much attention or traction from the police agency.
Of course, in any case, some members of the community are not very interested in police intervention.
“We are trying to find that n****,” the remaining members of the original member Evolutionary ape discord The name vert tells me. “Once we find him, he will be thrown into the trash can, and we will pull him. Once we finish dealing with him, the police will not even have a chance to pursue criminal responsibility…then n***** is over.”
Despite the heavy losses, at least some people in the evolutionary ape community are still insisting, and the current plan is to try to continue. “We will become Fight Back Apes and fight our nemesis Evil Ape as a community,” Mike_Cryptobull said in his report. The new project leadership is seeking help and advice from the “big players in the NFT game”, as well as the continuous efforts of volunteers. Considering all the things that have happened so far, this seems to be a big problem, but this time the encrypted wallet will not fall into the hands of one person, but will require multiple people to log in to obtain funds.
Currently, sales of Evolved Apes NFT are still continuing: The OpenSea Transaction history It shows that since Evil Ape’s disappearance was made public, more than 660 of them, worth about 16.7 Ether (59,700 USD), have been sold. Evil Ape still earns 4% of royalties from each sale: Another member of the community, Josh_Cryptobull, said that he tried to contact OpenSea, presumably to stop Evolved Apes NFT’s sales or redirect royalties, and so far has not received a response.