Bad response to Ubisoft’s Quartz NFT platform

Today: Kalashnikov licenses stolen gun designs to game developers — Geoff Keighley on work conditions and late Thursday nights — Nickelodeon finally lets Garfield beat the lasagna out of Spongebob

Ubisoft launches playable NFT platform

Promotional art for Ubisoft Quartz

Ubisoft has launched its very own NFT platform called Ubisoft Quartz, promising the first playable NFTs for AAA games based on “energy-efficient technology.”

The response has been mixed, to say the least, and Ubisoft has already delisted the YouTube announcement video following a sizeable backlash from players who distrust the NFT concept and worry that it will lead to even more predatory monetization models.

  • Quartz will offer so-called ‘Digits’ for purchase
  • Digits are “collectibles with active utility value”
  • Serial numbers track previous owners of these assets
  • Certificate of ownership stored on blockchain
  • Digits can be traded via third-party ecosystems

Controversy: Ghost Recon Breakpoint is the first major title to use the Quartz platform, and could be considered an odd choice since it's a fairly unpopular game widely disliked by both critics and fans of the previous Ghost Recon games.

First one is free: Ubisoft claims they have been “closely collaborating” on the new technology for years. In any case, you can grab free samples of Digits on December 9th, 12th and 15th.

What disease ravaged the world in Virtue’s Last Reward? 

a) Sally
b) Ai
c) Aoi
d) Gavin

The answer will be revealed at the bottom of today's issue. Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss what the answer could be.

Kalashnikov stole futuristic gun designs

Top: Oceanic’s Mastodon, Bottom: Kalashnikov’s MP-155 Ultima

Indie developer Ward B is accusing the weapons manufacturer Kalashnikov Concern of stealing its designs and then licensing them to other game studios.

Ward B is making a game called Oceanic, and it has have been posting its detailed weapon designs for the game since 2019. Its goal is to make futuristic yet realistic weapons from 200 years into the future.

Plausible: “We're looking to have them very, very scientifically explainable,” said CEO Marcellino Sauceda. Kalashnikov contacted Ward B about turning one of its designs into a “fully operational firearm.”

Sincerest form of flattery: Ward B gave no formal permission, but Kalashnikov later announced a weapons kit with a ‘striking resemblance’ to one of Ward B's designs – and the real kicker: The gun design has now been licensed to another game developer.

Geoff Keighley Reddit AMA discusses The Game Awards, Activision and more

Animation of The Game Awards’ statuettes

Geoff Keighley – founder, producer and host of The Game Awards – just held an Ask-Me-Anything on Reddit, shedding some light on the man, the myth and the awards show.

The most pertinent question: Why is the show held on a Thursday? Apparently, they had to find a time that fit a global audience, which is “always tough with the holiday season.” Hopefully the producers will manage to identify a global weekend at some point in the future.

Workplace: Keighley also wants to find a way to present an award for best workplace, but “how do you evaluate this?” It would require some pretty innovative judging techniques and could only happen if they could find a “really fair and good way to judge that.”

Activision: Keighley also briefly remarked on the Activision Blizzard scandals, saying they were “terrible,” and that he’s been thinking of the “right way to address ” it. The Game Awards airs on December 9th at 8:00pm ET / 5:00pm PT / 1:00am GMT.

Brave Browser rewards you for surfing

Brave Browser

Maybe your internet connection is fast, but what about your browser? The Brave Browser is built from the ground up for speed, privacy and providing an ad-free Internet.

You can opt-in for ads that respect your privacy, and even earn rewards. It’s quick and easy to use, featuring the same comforts and conveniences you expect from a modern browser.

Century: Age of Ashes Giveaway

Century: Age of Ashes animation

Like soaring through the skies? Like roasting things with your flame breath? Then you should saddle up your dragon and play Century: Age of Ashes, Playwing's free-to-play dragon'em-up!

Since the game is already free, our Century: Age of Ashes Giveaway offers the chance to win a Behemoth Founder's Pack featuring around £50 worth of in-game items, including exclusive skins.

  • Gary Bowser agrees to pay Nintendo $10,000,000 in damages following the Team-Xecuter lawsuit
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic Legacy of the Sith expansion delayed until February 15th
  • Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl showcases Garfield, the lasagne addicted orange cat in the latest trailer
  • Bungie marks its 30th anniversary with a Destiny 2 event celebrating the studio's history in subtle and not-so-subtle ways
  • Festive holiday update for Pokémon Unite with new licenses, challenges, quick battle map and of course log-in gifts

What disease ravaged the world in Virtue’s Last Reward? 

Alice in Virtue's Last Reward, infected with Radical-6

ANSWER: Ai!

Zero Escape is a series full of twists and turns, and its perhaps freakiest moment happens in the second game, Virtue's Last Reward. One of the major plot points involves a virus called Radical-6, which slows down victims' cognition, causing the world to appear to go faster and faster around them.

Living in a world that's literally passing them by isn't everyone's idea of a good time, so the infected tend to feel an overwhelming urge to commit suicide. The virus eventually causes a pandemic, with a resulting global wave of suicides. Perhaps a little more dramatic than the COVID-19 situation, but still hits pretty close to home.

Today's issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest, and Jamie Davey. If you have any feedback or news tips for the team, please email us!