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Briefly Teased King of Fighters NFT Project Disappears After Fan Backlash

This isn’t the first crypto project SNK is involved with, though.

Although SNK surprised fans with the announcement of Team Awakened Orochi for The King of Fighters 15 this morning, there was another reveal that arguably surprised the internet even more – and not in the best way.

A new Twitter account called CryptoKOF suddenly appeared last night claiming to be working on an “officially licensed” NFT project for SNK based on their fighting game franchise, which has since all but disappeared following online backlash from fans.

The original post and attached video gave almost no details about what this CryptoKOF is, other than showing an arcade with machines bearing the title King of Fighters Crypto on the screens.

People quickly took to the comments and other parts of the internet to share their displeasure with the announcement for a handful of reasons, including the negative perception of SNK jumping on the NFT bandwagon, especially at one point. where the crypto market was in a tough spot. for about a month.

Others wondered if the project was an unofficial scam, but given that the SNK Global account originally retweeted the CryptoKOF post (before deleting it), it seems legit.

After just a few hours, however, the CryptoKOF Twitter account (which only had a handful of followers and no other posts) changed its status to protected, so the announcement is no longer publicly available.

We discovered a website that looks like it was made for CryptoKOF, but only the homepage is available and none of the buttons work.

Little is currently known about the project except that it is linked to a Shanghai-based NFT marketing company called Meta-wave.

It’s also unclear whether the ad’s removal was in response to the negative fan reception or not, though the timing is at least peculiar.

It was also not the first time that SNK had teamed up to try to get into cryptocurrency.

King of Fighters Allstar creators Netmarble teased a King of Fighters Arena NFT project in May, and SNK has also partnered with OnBuff to sell NFTs based on their popular fighting game and Metal Slug characters.

It’s important to point out that the actual SNK developers probably had little to no influence on these crypto deals, so it’s not like these NFTs are connected to KOF15 or their other mainline titles.

These types of partnerships would likely be developed by the company’s licensing department and possibly other senior company officials.

Since the CryptoKOF Twitter account is only protected and not deleted, the NFT project will likely reappear at some point in the not too distant future with more information.

The ultimate concern would be for these types of NFTs to find their way into major console/PC titles from SNK, although there’s no indication of that happening anytime soon.

Tweet the image via Siliconera.


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