FIFA has announced that it will release four blockchain NFT games to celebrate the 2022 World Cup.
EA Sports parted ways with the football body after reportedly demanding $1bn (£875m) in royalties.
FIFA 23 will be the last FIFA game developed by EA Sports, after which the series will be renamed EA Sports FC.
After the split announcement, FIFA claimed it would continue developing games with another studio under the FIFA name.
However, what we expected was something similar to the FIFA games, or maybe a free-to-play version like Konami’s eFootball.
However, what we do have are four games based on blockchains and NFTs.
Blockchain gaming and Web 3.0 are always controversial due to the large amounts of money being exchanged and the environmental impact, among other things.
Money is often exchanged for digital assets that become worthless when the company goes under.
FIFA calls the four releases games, although there is very little player input or interaction.
The first is the AI League, where players watch four-person AI teams play soccer.
An Upland Metaverse title will be released where people can buy WM digital assets.
The Matchday Challenge essentially only bets on the outcome of World Cup games.
Finally, Phygtyl is “an immersive experience [where] Fans unite sic with the mission to help shape the world’s first fan generation[d] digital reward.”
Aside from grammatical errors in the press release, we still don’t really understand what that means.
NFTs and games have historically performed poorly. Ubisoft’s introduction of NFTs in Ghost Recon Breakpoint drew criticism from both developers and fans.
However, some developers have made a lot of money this way without ever making a game.
Peter Molyneux famously sold £40million ($46million) worth of digital land for his game Legacy a year ago, which has still not been released.
Land for the game is still available for purchase.
Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.
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