Riot has denied rumours that Project L, the League of Legends fighting game, would let players “earn and battle” with NFTs.

As posted on Reddit, the rumour began circulating after a Discord user posted images that appeared to show a website for Project L, which included the text: “Project L is a platform fighting game that shows the champions of Runeterra in a new light. Earn and battle with NFTs as digital items while progressing through the seasonal reward tracks.” A Twitter account seemingly linked to the leak began teasing a reveal of the game for May 5, but the video attached to that announcement has been clipped from a different League of Legends spin-off, Legends of Runeterra.

After the rumour spread, Riot’s corporate communications director Joe Hixson moved to debunk the idea, saying, “the Project L ‘leaks’ going around are very, very fake.”

As Hixson points out, the hoax seems to have been achieved by manually editing the Riot website to add existing images of Project L and the fake text. As it stands, we know about as little about Project L as we did before, with an initial 2019 announcnement saying that it’s a fighting game set in the League of Legends universe, and was in the early stages of development.

NFTs (non-fungible tokens, a means of authenticating a unique digital file) have become a major, controversial topic in recent months, with a craze for buying them leading to digital artist Beeple selling a JPG for $69 million. However, there are concerns over the environmental impact of NFT upkeep, which has led to a backlash. Some games have begun adopting the approach already, such as Blankos Block Party, which recently announced an NFT marketplace within the game.

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