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YouTube’s head of gaming leaves to join Polygon Studios as CEO

Ryan Wyatt, who served as YouTube’s Head of Gaming for seven years, is leaving next month to become CEO of Polygon Studios.  Polygon Studios is the gaming and NFT arm of Polygon, an Ethereum scaling project. In his new role, Wyatt will lead Polygon Studios across gaming, entertainment, fashion, news and sports and grow the developer ecosystem through investment, marketing and support, he wrote in a tweet.  Wyatt started his career as an e-sports commentator before becoming Vice President of …

The gaming-focused NFT platform Fractal officially launches

The gaming-focused non-fungible token (NFT) marketplace Fractal —  launched by the video game streaming platform Twitch co-founder Justin Kan and other media entrepreneurs Robin Chan, David Wurtz and Mike Angell — officially went live today. Fractal is a primary and secondary market for NFTs that have utility in games, as The Block previously reported. Game companies can mint and drop gaming NFTs for its fans, and players can sell NFTs to each other in the peer-to-peer marketplace.  “NFT’s are like …

Backlash causes S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 developers to pull NFTs from game

GSC Game World, a Ukrainian game development company behind the S.T.A.L.K.E.R and Cossacks titles, had decided to implement optional non-fungible tokens (NFTs) in their forthcoming S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 release.  Within hours, fans took to Twitter to chastise GSC’s inclusion of NFTs, causing the small developer to pull NFTs from the game — suggesting that, while venture capitalists are still pouring funds into blockchain-based gaming endeavors, the general public isn’t so open to embracing the new technology application.  In a statement emailed …