In a recent interview Sega has said it believes NFTs and cloud gaming are a “natural extension” of the future of gaming.
This week’s example of a gaming company wrong about NFTs is Sega, courtesy of an interview with Executive Vice President Shuji Utsumi, translated by VGC. The listing is posted on Sega Japan’s recruitment website, where Utsumi discusses some of Sega’s plans, including the “SuperGame” in development. This SuperGame will apparently consist of several “AAA titles that cross Sega’s extensive range of technologies” that the company hopes to achieve within five years.
Utsumi goes on to talk about how numerous titles are “developed as part of SuperGame” before discussing something to do with whether people are gamers or not. But most annoyingly, the interview talked about NFTs. Sega producer Masayoshi Kikuchi noted that “Games have a history of expansion through the merging of different cultures and technologies. For example, social media and watching game videos are recent examples.”
These recent examples appear to be cloud gaming and NFTs, with Kikuchi going on to say, “It’s a natural extension for the future of gaming to see new areas like cloud gaming and NFT expand on it.” Have one Any opinion on cloud gaming, but on the NFT front, Kikuchi is dead wrong, as NFTs add literally nothing to games other than higher power consumption and a fancy receipt.
Why Sega joins the list of companies like Ubisoft and Square Enix who insist on getting involved in NFTs we’ll never know (that’s a lie, it’s money). But it’s odd that the company is moving forward with research into NFTs, as Sega CEO Haruki Satomi said earlier this year that it wouldn’t go ahead with them “if it’s perceived as simply making money,” which it absolutely is.
But whatever these SuperGames are, we can probably expect NFTs to be tethered in some way.
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