Chronicles of Elyria tweaks NDA, locks down Reddit over death threats, and proposes NFT land trades

You just can't make this stuff up

    
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A week ago, Chronicles of Elyria backers sounded the alarm on a new NDA that Soulbound Studios was asking them to sign in conjunction with the Kingdoms of Elyria testing. It included a clause that seemingly waived the players’ rights to engage in class-action lawsuits, among other things. While as we noted that’s not an unusual clause in NDAs and terms of service, players who are already currently engaged in a class-action lawsuit against Soulbound Studio for its past transgressions recommended not signing any such thing.

Well, after ample complaining about “drama” from the “players and influencers” who (rightly) reacted with “suspicion” about signing the NDA under the circumstances, Soulbound has now rewritten the NDA to attempt to “remove any ambiguity” and to “show [the devs are] serious about Kingdoms of Elyria’s development and [their] desire to gain your feedback as [they] continue to release updates.” Most notably, the second alteration explicitly adds a section about retroactivity and services unrelated to the test; in spite of the blog post’s insistence that this isn’t a substantive change, it sure looks to be, and it’s not legally clear what that could mean for people who’d already signed the earlier version. According to Soulbound, that would count “thousands” of people who’ve downloaded the KOE launcher and “hundreds” who’ve logged in to date.

The second section of Soulbound’s blog post addresses toxicity in its community, specifically calling out a “torrent of abuse” and “daily threats of violence” it alleges that “a small but vocal minority” is issuing. While no specific examples are offered, it’s not super hard to imagine that a community willing to lose money to wage a lawsuit has enough angry people to shitpost on the internet. Either way, Soulbound says it’s going to start muting offenders on social media – and temporarily locking the COE subreddit. As I type this, it has the “request to post” button enabled.

Finally, the company says that there’s an “increasing number of people” asking about the availability of purchase claims in the game. Soulbound says that it’ll turn to an NFT system to allow players to sell existing claims to other players using crypto.

“Beginning after the release of KoE: Domains, we’re going to be issuing digital certificates of ownership to our backers for each title in their player-inventory, as well as a wide-selection of virtual items. These certificates will be able to be freely bought, sold, and traded on one or more of the public blockchain networks. Taking this step allows players to trade, buy, or sell their items for cryptocurrency (or even fiat currency) in a way that is secure, safe, and auditable – so there’s never a question of ownership. At the appropriate time – either exposition or launch – players who own the certificates will be able to remit them to Soulbound in order to gain the features described in the certificates. Those who no longer want their titles and items can sell them to people who do, those who want to trade for a new location can arrange to do so, and those who want to claim a title can buy one from another player.”

Source: Official site. Cheers, Pepperzine.
Chronicles of Elyria stunned MMO gamers in 2020 by announcing it was out of money, had laid off the devs, had closed Soulbound Studio, and had ended development on the game. Though CEO Jeromy Walsh later retracted much of that and said the game was still in production with volunteer staff, the gamers who’d backed it for $14M+ in crowdfunds pressed on with legal action. As of 2021, the studio maintains that COE and its spinoff Kingdoms of Elyria are still in production. The lawsuit was filed back in February, and as of a few weeks ago, the plaintiffs were still filing motions to dismiss with the court.
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Raleigh-St-Clair
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Raleigh-St-Clair

So now we’ll have NFTs for imaginary items in an imaginary game. You can’t make this stuff up. And yet there are people out there who think he’ll still deliver, which does make me worry for the future of the human race.

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MilitiaMasterV

Is it over yet?

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Yangers

Man, if only he had put as much effort into making an actual game, as he has into faking that he’s making a game.

Amazing what legal pressure can achieve huh?

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Toy Clown

The things people do to keep from paying the consequences of their actions.

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Drunk3nShaman

Yo I thought this was going to be another Shit on Caspien fest and rightly so, just to see my boy Jeromy Walsh hitting his final pokemon form going from game scammer to crypto scammer.

Don’t let this Ass Hat finagle your bagel.

Buy the Dip

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Bruno Brito

Considering this “game” had people in it with absolute no shame being the most pathetic hacks this industry has had the displeasure of knowing, i’m sure everything they say about toxicity is true and not a smokescreen at all.

And like the best of turd-cakes, NFT makes an appearance. This is almost as good as cop dramas.

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Alyn

Why would any logical person even dare to get anywhere near this travesty of mmorpg gaming? Remember that curiosity may kill the cat.

“Your life is not a simulation; it’s the real game. Play wisely.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich, Being Bold: Quotes, Poetry, & Motivations for Every Day of the Year

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cursedseishi

No logical person would…

… Which is why the scumbag is likely trying to run a ‘pump and dump’-adjacent scheme with NFTs. Nobody ‘buys’ with Cryptocurrencies, it’s all shifting from one to another chasing the next big whale. He can’t create his own crypto/NFT to run this, but guaranteed he’ll be shaving off coin for himself with any purchases made and is probably hoping people will treat the land like an NFT currency itself. The more people trade NFT for Land and Land for NFT? The more he can scrape off from the top and sell for himself, then dump this whole thing–either when the market crashes and all these trash-fire currencies end up worth less than pennies, or more likely when he’s free and able to ‘quit’ again after the current lawsuit disappears.

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Paragon Lost

Nothing like a continuing $hit show.

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laelgon

I feel like Walsh saw that Earth2 is now dominating the spotlight in terms of MMO scams, and he is desperately trying to reclaim the throne by adding crypto, NFTs, and every other red flags he possibly can.

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Jack Pipsam

All in all it’s just another brick in the wall.