Lucid Sight, Inc. promises its MLB Champions (MLBC) users the right to buy, sell and earn digital assets and maintain “true digital ownership.” Lucid Sight designed 2019 gameplay so that MLB Champions players may place their figures/assets on “gamecards” on a team-by-team basis and earn “CAPS” based on how well the players perform in live MLB games. The CAPS may then be used to purchase rewards, which contain a figure, within 24 hours of the MLB game’s end.
There is just one problem. Lucid Sight built the MLB Champions User Interface for its game in a manner in which the further you progress, the more unusable it becomes. There are two very simple parts to this “game.”
- Claiming Rewards: You click buttons to open rewards, over and over again. After every click, you are welcomed with a shaking box animation, which lasts several seconds, and then a close-up of a player’s face (indicating that this is the identity of the figure you just received). Then, after claiming the reward, you sit and wait for the rewards screen to refresh on Lucid Sight’s poorly optimized database servers. This is, of course, if the game client hasn’t crashed already.
- Setting Gamecards: When you have finished the process of claiming rewards, you’re ready to either edit your current gamecards, or create new ones. This starts with navigating to an MLB team’s gamecard page, which takes approximately 10 to 60 seconds to load based on the amount of assets you have. You open a gamecard of 22 “slots” and fill in your players. If you simply want to add a single figure to your 21-man gamecard, you’ll have to embark on a scroll down a non-paginated page of gamecards, locate the appropriate one, click it, open your assets, and search through a long list of endless figures to add. Of course, once you’ve added that 1 figure to complete your 22-man card, you’ll press the save button, which allows you to wait the 10 to 60 seconds again.
The point is, the more figures that an individual earns, the harder it is to keep progressing in MLB Champions. Lucid Sight created their MLB Champions game to be slow and plodding, and in my opinion, they did it purely by design. I believe Lucid Sight’s intention was to “force” scarcity by creating such a burden on those that are spending the most time playing, rather than fixing any of the laundry list of issues themselves.
The state of the game had many of the active players complaining about issues and begging for solutions (bandaids) such as “allowing animation bypass or click-through” functionality when claiming rewards or “creating an auto-set function” for gamecards. The only feasible way of progressing past a certain point was to create automated scripts/tools to assist in claiming and gamecard creation – and even with such, it’s just a matter of investing “4 hours per day instead of 8.” Lucid Sight has even openly promoted the use of such automated scripts. One user spoke on the phone directly with the CTO, Fazri Dubair, regarding such matters and was given the “all clear” by his engineers.
Additionally, in response to a session of complaints regarding the grueling/broken state of the game on the MLB Champions discord server, one of the lead developers at Lucid Sight recommended that a “chrome extension” should be made (in order to automate such tasks for the game).
“We prohibit… use automated methods to use the Site or Services in a manner that sends more requests to the Lucid Sight servers in a given period of time than a human can reasonably produce in the same period by using a conventional Web browser”
Lucid Sight may have induced users into creating simple automation tools and then subsequently banned them due to those tools working faster than a human reasonably could. Not only that, but upon termination, Lucid Sight has seized all NFT Rewards from those users, amounting to over 700,000 assets with a market value of at least $2,000,000-$3,000,000. With this move, they cut the market of 2019 MLB Champions assets down by approximately 35%. It goes without saying that this behavior is unacceptable – especially for a company that advertises “True Digital Ownership” of your MLB Champions Figures.
“If we terminate your right to access or use the Site or Services, you will retain rights in your Players, but you will not be able experience them through the Services or engage in transactions in the Marketplace.”
Well, on every individual reward figure asset page, the asset is displayed as an “MLB_NFT.” Further, if you look at the metadata, which is accessible to anyone with a google chrome browser, you will find that reward assets are: 1) NFTs (as indicated by the tag “isNFT=true”) and 2) owned by the user.
Personal information in the above image has been hidden, however anyone can view this information in the metadata. The figure above is a reward asset that has not yet been minted. Both the “owner” and the “virtualOwner” fields contain the ethereum wallet address of the user – thus indicating the owner of the NFT.
Lucid Sight has seized and possibly destroyed all figures (resembling the example above) owned by users that they chose to terminate. The integrity of Lucid Sight’s message of True Digital Ownership in MLB Player Figures has been severely tainted. Ownership rights to your NFTs can and will be taken away by Lucid Sight if they deem it necessary for any reason they see fit.
At the time of writing, users who have been affected are actively seeking the retrieval of assets which are rightfully theirs. The Better Business Bureau has been contacted and there has been chatter of an impending lawsuit against Lucid Sight.