Killjoy is considered one of Valorant’s most beloved playable characters, and it is easy to see why: she is a genius, she appears cool, is from Berlin, and in a canny little bit of cross-promotion, is a confirmed fan of League of Legends. She loves robots and has an general cheerful persona. Thus far, so unimpeachable.
That each one got here crashing down earlier immediately, when the German Valorant account tweeted a picture of Killjoy having fun with some artwork. That is dangerous, however it will get worse: the artwork was a piece by Martin Houra, who distributes his work as NFTs.
Here is the now deleted tweet, screengrabbed by a Twitter consumer:
Whereas it would not appear to be Killjoy might merely proper click on and save that picture—it is framed and held on a wall—the Houra paintings itself has an indelible connection to the controversial NFT world. That is an issue, as a result of Killjoy shouldn’t be meant to be controversial: she’s meant to be loveable. It wasn’t lengthy earlier than the identical German Valorant account clarified its intent.
“Whoopsie! We’re all the time attempting to offer you new experiences and fascinating info on our native channels, together with a glance into Killjoy and her hometown of Berlin,” the account tweeted. “Since Killjoy loves programming, we wished to introduce you to laptop generated artwork from all over the world. Nevertheless, we weren’t conscious that the chosen work was an NFT. On no account did we intend to incorporate NFTs as a part of Killjoy’s work and hobbies.”
The artwork depicted is from Houra’s Photo voltaic sequence, which is “a group of 100 movies on a customized made sensible contract, dwelling on the Ethereum blockchain, without end.”