Troy Baker, a prominent voice actor perhaps best known for playing Joel in The last of us, is pulling out of an NFT partnership following a major outcry. In the early hours of January 14, Baker announced on Twitter that he would be associated with a company called Voiceverse, which creates “voice NFTs” that each have a “unique AI-generated voice map”, but he now says he won’t continue the partnership.
In his initial announcement, it seems Baker was expecting a backlash – perhaps he’s already seen some of the gaming community’s opposition to NFTs, like what led to the removal of NFTs planned for the next STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl. “You can hate,” Baker’s tweet read. “Or you can create. What will it be? »
On Monday, he apologized for this choice of language. “Intentions aside, I heard you and I apologize for accusing anyone of ‘hating’ just by simply disagreeing with me,” he said. He also apologized hours after first announcing the partnership, saying the statement was a “bad attempt to bring levity.”
Thank you all for your feedback and your patience. After careful consideration, I have decided not to pursue the partnership with VoiceVerseNFT. Intentions aside, I heard you and I apologize for accusing anyone of “hating” simply by simply disagreeing with me.
— Troy Baker (@TroyBakerVA) January 31, 2022
Voiceverse also received heavy criticism following the initial announcement of the partnership, with some pointing out that its NFTs had the potential to replace voice actors, who already have a rocky road in the industry. Voiceverse tried to do some damage control by posting a Twitter feed to explain the principle of his voice NFTs (apparently, the actors who lent their voice to the voice NFTs would get royalties) and one captured note claiming that he wants to “disrupt the industry by opening up a new stream of opportunities for voice actors, not replacing them”.
As Baker says he chose not to pursue the partnership, Voiceverse claims that both parties “decided by mutual agreement” to finish.
Baker’s reversal comes shortly after Ubisoft received another wave of pushback for its NFT plans. Fans didn’t react well to the company’s NFT Digits announced in December and in an interview with an Australian publication Searcher published last week, Nicolas Pouard, vice president of the company’s Strategic Innovation Lab and head of its blockchain initiatives, said he still believes NFTs are “really good” for gamers and fans. “don’t understand it at the moment”.
Indie developer Team17 is also under scrutiny for its decision to take Toward NFTs (called MetaWorms, in case you were wondering), although Team17 “has no plans to introduce NFTs or game-to-win NFT mechanics in any of its indie game label titles” , according to a statement given to Eurogamer.