Square Enix president still says NFTs are the future of gaming

A tall holographic man towers over the characters from Final Fantasy 7 Remake.

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Remember January when Square Enix President Yosuke Matsuda released that horrific letter hyping a future with video games NFTs and blockchain technology? Well, while many players and developers have criticized the letter, Matsuda is not backing down. And in a new interview, he went on to explain how excited he is about blockchain.

As discovered and translated by VGCMatsuda sat down with him recently Yahoo Japan for an interview in which, even after all the backlash and scams, he went on to state that Square Enix’s future would be filled with blockchain-based games and NFTs.

“In the past, for most games, we’ve delivered the content as a finished product,” explains Matsuda. “And players played that content. However, there are a certain number of gamers in the world who want to help make games more interesting by creating new settings and ways of playing.”

According to Matsuda, the plan is to “leverage” these people to help create games that can “evolve” over time after the game’s initial release. And the plan (still vague) seems to be that Square Enix can use the blockchain to reward those creators and players.

“If, instead of being goodwill, we can also incentivize those who contribute to development through the use of technologies such as blockchain, there is a chance that innovative and interesting content will emerge from users’ ideas.”

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To put it bluntly, the idea of ​​paying players to create awesome PC mods or levels for games like dreams is something I fully support. dreams and other games like Super Mario Maker and Little Big Planet often rely heavily on a small group of people creating great stuff for the rest of the player base. I would argue that these developers should be paid considering they make games more valuable to players by creating more content. So yes, I am in favor of incentivizing YouTubers. However, that doesn’t have to involve blockchain technology or NFTs. Instead, you could just pay creators with money, with no chain blocks required.

It’s interesting to see how Matsuda continues to push all this NFT shit after his much-mocked open New Year’s letter. In this buzzword-filled mess Matsuda infamously said that some people play games to have fun, before explaining that others play to “contribute” and that Square Enix wants to encourage those gamers. Again, just like in his last interview with Yahoo Japanno actual details were shared.

However, pointed out VGCa lack of details about these plans did not prevent this heavily criticized January letter from getting one of the publishers biggest price increase in months. So it’s likely that Matsuda and Square Enix will push further into the future filled with bored monkeys expensive JPEGs and wasteful, destructive cryptographyat least until investors stop caring.

Square Enix president wants the company to join a growing list of game publishers and Studios that make (and sometimes apologizing for it) to bring plans NFTs in video games. 2021, Ubisoft has pissed off a lot of people (including some of its own employees) after announcing plans to move boring looking NFT gear into a Ghost Recon Nobody plays the game anymore. (Spoiler: Nobody really bought this crap.)

And even the so-called “success stories‘ tend to end in huge losses and embarrassing mistakes.

A recent example: A hacker stole over 600 million Axe Infinity due to a security vulnerability. However, as there is money to be made, big game companies will keep moving forward, even blame their fans because you don’t get NFTs, while continuing to ignore all criticism and backlash in the name of make a few quick bucks.

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