Several gamers are accusing blockchain game company Lucid Sight of theft and bad behavior. According to the accusers the company removed 700 thousand digital items from the game MLB Champions, valued between 2 and 3 million dollars. These gamers are considering to launch a lawsuit against the blockchain gaming company. They are accumulating their accusation on the website LucidSightBad.com.
The players have had their accounts removed from the game because they broke the Terms of Service, according to Lucid Sight. However, according to these anonymous gamers representatives the game studio promoted the use of third party software on their public Discord. In the end this turned out to be false, because at the end of the 2019 season several top ranking players had their accounts shut down and all items removed. This is why the gamers accuse Lucid Sight of theft.
“Lucid Sight has seized and possibly destroyed all figures owned by users that they chose to terminate. The integrity of Lucid Sight’s message of True Digital Ownership in MLB Player Figures has been severely tainted. Ownership rights to your NFTs can and will be taken away by Lucid Sight if they deem it necessary for any reason they see fit.”LucidSightBad.com
Were these real MLB Champions NFTs?
The biggest question is whether these items that have been removed were actual non-fungible tokens. Gamers need to mint their digital items to claim ownership over these digital collectibles on the blockchain. Even if they were actual NFTs, you might wonder about the private keys. The famous words ‘not your keys, not your money’ come to mind.
In MLB Champions gamers collect digital player figurines. These figurines also connect with the performances of actual players during the Major League Baseball season. The company promotes each of these figurines as a digital asset over which players have ‘true digital ownership’. So there could be some confusion there about the actual status of a digital item in terms of ownership.
On Reddit there have been plenty of comments about the confusing communication about minting tokens. Some call it ‘deceiving’, others believe these hardcore players should’ve known better. “Yet another good example of why decentralization matters”, one Reddit user stated. Apparently the game studio doesn’t move all assets to the blockchain. This only happens after minting. Supposedly this is something players need to do themselves.
Did these gamers break the terms of service? They probably did, despite having confirmation by phone calls and Discord chats. Are they right about Lucid Sight non being clear about the whole thing? Yes, they probably are. Did the gamer abuse a badly designed part of the game in their own favor? Yes, I guess they did. Is that a bad thing? Does that make them criminals? That would be for a judge to decide, and not for me.
Also published on Medium.