Allegations related to the cryptocurrency industry have been doing the rounds since its inception and 2020 has been no different. This time, however, a major rumor related to the virtual currency system was quashed.
Just recently, the internet was awash with news that the Nintendo Switch game Cooking Mama: Cookstar was pulled from game libraries because it mined cryptocurrencies on the back end. Sources confirmed that the real reason was a legal dispute between the developers and the publisher.
Cooking Mama: Cookstar would have been the first installment in the franchise for the Switch. The previous editions were released for the Nintendo DS and the Nintendo Wii with reports suggesting that the game may find it hard to come back on shelves anytime soon. While confirming the news of the legal dispute to Screenrant, a developer dismissed all rumors of cryptocurrency mining.
The developer, who remains anonymous reiterated multiple times that the 1p do not have the capabilities of integrating anything related to cryptocurrencies into the game. He added:
“The statement about crypto-currency was all buzz words. The head of planet entertainment knows very little about these things… he just put some fancy language to get potential investors who like that stuff. As for the crashes/ overheating. That would be because the game is made in unity. There is no way crypto-mining stuff could get through those tests. I doubt anyone at 1p would even be able to make such a thing.”
Cryptocurrency mining-related allegations had hit the cryptocurrency gaming community with many people losing faith in a market facing the coronavirus wrath. According to the developer, there was a lack of communication between the publisher and the development team. The source claimed that the developers were told the game was released in March with no added information. There were even allegations that the head of 1p, Tobi was known to be a person of few words.
The initial dispute started when the publisher, planet entertainment released the game against the request by Office Create to keep working on the game. There were ever plans of shelving the game, said the developer. No one really knows why the cryptocurrency mining rumor started but some claim that it was just an attempt to tarnish the industry.
Even the anonymous whistleblower was amused at the notion of the game being able to mine cryptocurrencies. The release of the game was so rushed that there were YouTube ads, websites and even tik tok ads that never released. The publisher is also planning to sue Office Create for having the game removed and the losses that followed.