Boy band BTS says it will move forward with NFT offerings despite sharp online backlash, report says

Boy band BTS says it will move forward with NFT offerings despite sharp online backlash, report says
  • BTS is moving forward with plans to produce NFTs, despite the immense public backlash, according to The Wall Street Journal.
  • Most of the criticism was related to the environmental impact of energy-intensive NFTs.
  • The initial launch, which will involve NFT photocards of the band members, will take place in the first half of 2022.
  • South Korean boy band BTS is moving forward with plans to despite the immense public backlash, which mainly consisted of environmental concerns that typically accompany digital assets.

    Hybe, the management agency of the seven-member K-pop group, confirmed the plan to Thursday, marking its first public comment since the criticism emerged.

    "We believe NFTs have the potential for expansion and hope they will provide fans with more varied experiences and opportunities to express themselves," John Kim, project lead of HybeAmerica that oversees the NFT business, told the WSJ.

    Kim also revealed the initial launch, which will involve NFT photocards of the members, will take place by the first half of 2022.

    BTS, heralded as among the most successful bands in the world, regularly releases physical photocards that fans clamor to collect. And by launching NFTs, it seeks to enter a hot market that has seen

    The plan for BTS NFTs was first unveiled in , when the band's management signed a deal with top South Korea crypto exchange Dunamu.

    But the backlash was swift, even among the band's biggest fans. Negative reaction focused on the of all the energy needed to mint and trade NFTs, which run on a blockchain and are bought with digital assets.

    Despite the environmental concerns, NFTs -- of artwork, sports cards, or other collectibles -- have surged in popularity this year and have caught the attention of investors from Hollywood to Wall Street.

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