Prolific video games voice actor Troy Baker has chosen to end his partnership with VoiceVerse NFT following an overwhelmingly negative reaction to his endorsement of the company.
Baker said earlier this month that he was partnering with Voiceverse NFT, which claims it will let people buy AI voices as NFTs which can then be used in any game.
The Last of Us actor Baker had initially said the partnership would “explore ways where together we might bring new tools to new creators to make new things, and allow everyone a chance to own & invest in the IP’s they create”.
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Presumably anticipating the negative response the news might create, he also said: “We all have a story to tell. You can hate. Or you can create. What’ll it be?”
But on Monday, over two weeks after his original announcement began drawing heavy criticism online, Baker said he had chosen to end his partnership with VoiceVerse NFT and also apologised to fans for his comments.
“Thank you all for your feedback and patience,” he tweeted. “After careful consideration, I’ve decided to not continue the partnership with VoiceVerseNFT. Intentions aside, I’ve heard you and apologize for accusing anyone of ‘hating’ just by simply disagreeing with me.”
Several notable game companies have recently started selling digital items as NFTs, including Ubisoft, Konami and Atari, though this has attracted criticism from some due to the format’s high carbon footprint and what many perceive to be cynical implementation.