TRAGsoft, the developer behind monster-battling RPG Coromon, says an NFT scammer is pretending to represent the game on social media and started posting yesterday, and is looking into legal action.
The Twitter account started posting under the handle @CoromonGame, and its tweets use art and footage from the actual game all captioned with NFT nonsense. The account claims it’s running a public beta on July 26, though the original game launched on PC earlier this year, and the Switch version launched today, July 21. The account has no official website, and everything it’s posted thus far vaguely gestures at NFT and blockchain integration without having any concrete beyond saying it was affiliated with blockchain company CertiK. Posts are tagged with “BSC,” which seems to refer to crypto platform Binance. In a statement to Fanbyte, Freedom Games Director of Marketing Bryan Herren says the team thinks the user is “likely trying to spin up an alt-coin or stolen asset NFTs to exchange” on the platform.
Despite lacking any substance, the account already has over 7000 Twitter followers as of this writing. These could have been bought, or this account could have been used for something else before being repurposed as a Coromon crypto scam ahead of the game’s Switch launch to capitalize on any buzz. The account signed up in March of this year, but the first tweet posted is from yesterday, July 20.
We reached out to CertiK to ask about the authenticity of the account, and a representative sent us a response that stopped short of actually calling the account a scam, but pointed to the leaderboard on its website as a means to verify projects. We searched for any mention of Coromon on the site, but there was nothing listed.
“Although unfortunate for the community, we do often Alert to scam accounts using CertiK to perpetrate having received our audit,” a CertiK spokesperson said in a statement to Fanbyte. “We cannot comment on the authenticity of this account, however it’s always important to check our leaderboard at certik.com to see whether a project is being onboarded, is in the process of an audit, or has completed an audit. The recent release of our Emblem badge helps to mitigate these issues.”
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In the meantime, TRAGsoft and Freedom Games have disavowed the account, and reiterated the actual Coromon game is only available through storefronts like Steam, Epic Game Store, and the Switch eShop. This isn’t the first time Coromon has dealt with issues of others impersonating the team, as mobile ads using the game’s assets have popped up over the years, as well.