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Storybook Brawl shuts down servers
Months after the spectacular collapse of Sam Bankman-Fried’s crypto empire, the casualties keep coming.
Good Luck Games, the creators of Storybook Brawl – reportedly disgraced FTX CEO Bankman-Fried’s second-favorite game after League of Legends – took down its servers on May 1. The team said it had explored different options to continue, and unfortunately, there was no path forward.
Originally a non-crypto game that launched on Steam in June 2021, Storybook Brawl was an autobattler card game featuring characters from fairytales and legends. It peaked at 2,770 concurrent players in September 2021 and FTX Ventures acquired it in March 2022.
Following the acquisition, gamers protested by leaving negative reviews for the game on Steam.
Although it never developed to the point of releasing any of the planned blockchain integrations, Bankman-Fried, who is subject to a 13-count indictment, described the game as an opportunity for FTX to be “the vanguard for the ethical integration of gaming and crypto transactions.” Ironic.
According to an article on ZDNet – shared by Bankman-Fried on Twitter – he and Good Luck Games CEO Matthew Place were childhood friends.
During Bankman-Fried’s spate of interviews prior to his arrest in the Bahamas late last year, there was some debate as to whether he was playing Storybook Brawl – which he promoted several times without mentioning FTX owned it – or League of Legends during interviews.
Running hypothesis about SBF and his claims of always playing Storybook Brawl:
He was never playing SB, but he always said that’s what he was playing because FTX owns SB.
If you listen to the incessant clicking, it seems like he only plays League of Legends.
— H.E. Cas Piancey (@CasPiancey) December 17, 2022
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