After expressing earlier optimism about NFT as part of the future of the game, EA seems to be a little more cautious in its most recent discussion with investors.
During the company’s Q3 earnings call today, CEO Andrew Wilson was asked again how he feels about EA’s ability to play NFT and blockchain at a time. some. Wilson begins his answer by reflecting on the fact that gaming investment trends with NFT are familiar, with similar investments including technology like 3D, AR and VR in the past.
He continued by emphasizing the importance of “collectiveness” at the heart of EA games, both in the real and virtual worlds, saying he believes it will be an important part of it in the future. of the EA in one way or another. However, he won’t say one way or the other whether that means NFT.
“Whether that’s part of the NFT and blockchain, that remains to be seen,” he said. “The way we think about it is: we want to deliver the best possible player experience. We’ll evaluate that over time, but it’s not something we’re trying to fight right now. again.”
BeforeWilson has said that while the conversation with NFT is “really very early,” he feels the technology is “an important part of the future of our industry.”
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While not explicitly stated, it’s possible that Wilson’s more cautious response this time reflects the recent backlash from the gaming communities against the NFT, with games like Stalker 2 and Worms announced and then responded to their implementation after intense criticism from the audience.
Elsewhere in the call, EA admits that Battlefield 2042 “did not live up to expectations” partly due to restrictions on working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rebekah Valentine is a news reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.
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