Bored Ape NFT Holder Threatens Legal Action Following ApeFest Eye Injuries

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Last Updated on November 9, 2023 by Bitfinsider

Asif Kamal, the founder and CEO of art technology startup Artfi, told Bitfinsider that his company has sent a legal notice to Yuga Labs, the developer of the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC), after incurring an eye infection and face burns at ApeFest last week in Hong Kong.

Kamal’s decision to file a lawsuit comes after reports of ApeFest attendees suffering from eye ailments, purportedly as a result of an incorrect lighting arrangement at the festival’s site.

“I don’t want the price of Apes, [the BAYC] community, Yuga Labs, or anyone who has supported this Web3 ecosystem to suffer,” he went on to say. “But neglecting it is something that has offended me so much.”

In reaction to his experience last week, which Kamal described as a quick visit to Hong Kong’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where English-speaking personnel was frustratingly rare, Artfi claimed he emailed Yuga a “legal notice.” The letter to Yuga was described by Kamal as the “first step toward suing them.”

“I felt helpless,” he said of his hospital stay, during which medical personnel connected a gadget to his face that flooded his eyes with a chilly solution on a regular basis. “I felt blind for hours, and I felt vulnerable.”

Yuga estimated that “much less than 1%” of ApeFest’s 2,250 guests exhibited symptoms suggestive of eye problems in a statement issued on Monday. Nonetheless, it advised “anybody who feels them” to seek medical assistance as a precaution.

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