• Solana NFT’s developers are killing digital camels

  • The NFT project Sollamas had a rough start and ran into several major problems. The developers decided to destroy the minted camels, which angered the Sollamas community.

    The Sollamas mint went south

    Sollamas NFTs launched yesterday with the promise of a collection of 10,000 uniquely generated, adorable, collectible camels with proof of ownership stored on the Solana blockchain.

    However, the NFT mint didn’t go well, encountering several major issues that compromised the integrity of the project. As the mint began, users’ reported that they received more camels than they paid for. Conversely, others reported not receiving a camel even though they had spent 4 SOL ($280) to mint one. In addition, some appear to have overpaid for their camels and breached the 10,000 cap by minting more camels than the project initially promised.

    In an effort to correct the decline, the Sollamas development team appears to be “killing” the first generation of camels by changing the NFT image to that of a tombstone.

    The Sollamas team posted on Twitter promising that everyone who cast a first generation camel would receive another second generation camel. However, many were unhappy with the resolution, as their rare first-generation camels were now replaced by regular second-generation camels.

    The decision to “kill” the camels already minted and paid for raises serious concerns about the fragmentation of the program. A founding principle of early NFT projects such as CryptoPunks was that NFTs are immutable and cannot be changed once they are deployed on the blockchain.

    Sollamas isn’t the first NFT project to face problems deploying on Solana. Last weekend, another NFT avatar project, Degenerate Ape Academy, launched with a similar level of hype. When the minting began, many people were unable to access the site due to the sheer number of people trying to get apes. Some who were able to mint the coins processed their transactions after all the NFTs were sold, paid SOL and received nothing.

    Over the past week, Solana has been attracting more NFT projects due to the low cost of minting NFTs on the web. However, launching NFTs on Solana is not as mature as it is on Ethereum. With the hype around NFTs on Solana, developers will need to be careful not to repeat the mistakes of Sollamas and Degenerate Ape Academy.

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