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News video games 21 December 2023, 16:37

Epic Games Store Used to Reject All Adult Games, Now it's Making Exception for NFTs

Epic Games has made an exception for adults games that received this age category solely because they contain NFTs. As a result, Gods Unchained and Striker Manager 2023 have returned to the platform.

Source: Immutable.

Gods Unchained and Striker Manager 2023 are once again are available in Epic Games Store. A few days earlier, these titles were removed from that platform, as the ESRB placed them in the "adults only" category. Epic Games, on the other hand, does not allow such games to be sold on its digital store (in contrast to Steam).

So why did Gods Unchained and Striker Manager 2023 return to the EGS? That's because Epic Games has changed its guidelines for games categorized as adult. From now on, they include a provision stating that this rule applies to all adults games other than those deemed so solely because they use NFTs (this is what Steam, for a change, opposes).

Gods Unchained and Striker Manager 2023 were classified as adult games precisely because of NFTs. Therefore, they could now return to Epic Games Store.

Nevertheless, it is worth noting the words of an ESRB representative (via PC Gamer), who stated that these games received such age rating not because of the fact that they use NFTs, but primarily because of the way in which the tokens were implemented in them (factors such as the possibility of being rewarded with real money or something that can be exchanged for it - gift cards, cryptocurrency, etc. - were important).

We've known for a while that Epic Games has nothing against NFTs. After all, its CEO, Tim Sweeney, stated two years ago:

"I believe stores and operating system makers shouldn’t interfere by forcing their views onto others. We definitely won’t."

Gamers, however, seem to take a different view. Some of them believe that much of the adult content that Epic Games rejects is less harmful to users than NFTs.

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