The Neopets community is rallying in protest of the Neopets Metaverse, an NFT project that inserts a cryptocurrency scheme into the beloved pet creation website. Neopets’ small but dedicated playerbase is nearly united in its message: Get your NFTs out of my childhood nostalgia.
Neopets owner JumpStart announced the Neopets Metaverse NFT project in September to some confusion. The Neopets Metaverse Twitter account launched, seemingly, without the core Neopets team knowing about it: A Neopets representative told a fan via Twitter DM that the project wasn’t real. A day later, the Neopets team published a Q&A on the site’s Neoboards to clarify that it is a legitimate, official collaboration.
Neopets players took to internal message boards, social media, and unofficial Facebook groups to denounce the initiative. One Neopets player told Polygon that the community has never been more united in something. “It would be lovely to see if it weren’t so awful to see,” the player said via Twitter DM.
Neopets fan websites, too, are taking a stance against the Neopets NFTs.
“From the moment of launch, Neopians took to the Neoboards and social media to denounce the project, citing complaints about NFTs in general and details specific to the Neopets Metaverse project,” Jellyneo.net posted on a redirect page on its website. “The Neopets community overwhelmingly rejects the Neopets Metaverse NFT project, and we at Jellyneo are standing in solidarity with this protest.”