Star Trek Announces NFTs, Trekkies Push Back

Paramount and RECUR are launching a new Star Trek themed NFT collection, and many Trekkies are already calling on them to abort the mission.

If anything were ever to evoke a Picard-esque facepalm from Trekkies, it’s the news that Star Trek is coming into contact with NFTs for the first time. According to an article on StarTrek.com, beginning April 9, fans will be able to access “digital collectibles” through Paramount.xyz, a new online portal featuring NFT drops for some of Paramount’s beloved IP and franchises.

“Fans are looking for new ways to interact with their favorite shows and franchises, and our innovative ecosystem gives them a community they can be a part of for years to come,” said Zach Bruch, CEO of RECUR. “By introducing Paramount.xyz and StarTrek.xyz, we’re offering fans a unique way to embark on a journey to boldly enter the metaverse.”

“Fans need to be able to interact with our content everywhere, including the metaverse,” added Pam Kaufman, president of Global Consumer Products and Experiences at Paramount, of the company’s latest venture. “Paramount.xyz will provide a seamless digital collecting experience for fans across our major franchises, starting with Star Trek.”

Star Trek will be the first franchise to launch on the portal, with collectibles available in the “Star Trek Continuum” hub. The Season 0 drop on April 9 will feature “algorithmically generated spaceships” that can be purchased for $250 per pack. There will be 20,000 Starship packs available in the 24-hour sale and no two ships will be the same.

Paramount’s fan-centric platform would be a space for people to “build community, connect with peers and unlock new, innovative and interactive experiences with properties and brands they love” as part of a ” unified environment where fans can buy, collect and trade NFTs as digital collectibles”, but not everyone agrees.

Fleets of Trekkies have taken to social media to share their thoughts on the Star Trek NFT announcement, with many berating the decision for being “out of touch” and “going against every Trek principle” as people have struggled to find a connection between Star Trek and NFTs, as the former prides itself on displaying an environmentally conscious ethos.

NFTs and cryptocurrencies have seen a huge surge of attention in the tech space over the past year and remain controversial topics. They are largely unregulated entities that are often exploited for scams and accused of having a huge negative impact on the environment due to the energy expended while electronically mining currencies.

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As a result, some fans have been alienated by the announcement of the NFT Star Trek Collection, which comes at a time when Trekkies were gearing up to boldly embark on a new adventure aboard the USS Enterprise with Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. This new series debuts on Paramount+ on May 5, with new episodes every Thursday thereafter.

Adele Ankers-Range is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow her on Twitter.

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