GameStop’s NFT marketplace sells stolen indie games

Despite a series of embarrassments, Sclerotic Funko Pop retailer GameStop has continued its ill-advised NFT market pivot. Less than two weeks after news broke, its service did an NFT “adaptation” of famous images of 9/11 victims (opens in new tab) fall to death, Ars Technica report (opens in new tab) It was revealed that the GameStop NFT marketplace facilitated the sale of unauthorized NFT copies of indie games.

A guy named Nathan Ello released the NiFTy Arcade series on GameStop’s marketplace with initial sales of 8.4 ETH (~$14,000). Ello is expressly not authorized to use at least two of these games in his project, and it seems, but not entirely certain, that he is not authorized to use the other three games included in NiFTy Arcade. Ello is not yet licensed to use the PICO-8 engine used in all five of these games.