It's as hilarious as it is tragic.
It's yet another tale of NFT hype gone hilariously awry.
What was promised to be a beautifully-designed, Pokémon-inspired NFT project called Pixelmon turned out to be a huge mess of irredeemably ugly pixel art — and investors are now furious.
The part-game, part-NFT project promised to allow buyers to "train, trade, fight and evolve your Pixelmon" in the Metaverse.
When the actual NFT art was revealed late this month, however, investors began to immediately express buyers' remorse.
"I think it's fair to say all the buyers were rugged," one Twitter user argued, referring to an increasingly common maneuver in which crypto developers unexpectedly abandon their projects and run with the money. "Stop supporting cash grab NFT projects."
So @Pixelmon raised over $70m at 3 ETH per mint just for them to reveal like this. I think it’s fair to say all the buyers were rugged.
Stop supporting cash grab NFT projects. pic.twitter.com/8VShQxNlgl
— zachxbt (@zachxbt) February 26, 2022
After touting Pixelmon as a surefire investment back in December, Syber admitted after the reveal that "the [art] reveal was unacceptable," claiming the stuff they'd showed off didn't reflect the actual in-game art.
Pixelmon had an art reveal so terrible, ‘Kevin’ is being labeled a historical NFT pic.twitter.com/A2ummGDypV
— ThreadGuy.eth 💫 (@DiscoverXnft) February 28, 2022
It's far from the first time an NFT project has failed to live up to the hype. Not a week goes by, it seems, without an NFT scamming collectors out of millions.
Pixelmon, however, is a little different. Instead of running with the money, Syber is doubling down, arguing the project isn't ready yet.
"The plan was always to use the funding raised from mint to create proper and better models," they wrote in a tweet.
"I would like to apologize on behalf of myself and Pixelmon for everyone that has been affected by this," Syber wrote in a Sunday "Ask Me Anything" on the project's Discord channel, as quoted by CoinDesk. "When we began this project, we were not thinking it would get as big as this."
Whether such an apology will be enough to appease collectors, some of whom spent thousands of dollars' worth of Pixelmon, remains to be seen.
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