The President of Square Enix still wants to push blockchain games despite widespread backlash


Square Enix President Yosuke Matsuda still appears to want to move forward with play-to-earn blockchain games, according to a recent interview.

Speaking to Yahoo Japan, Matsuda reiterated his desire for Square Enix to integrate blockchain into Square Enix’s games — something he mentioned earlier this year, while acknowledging the widespread backlash to all things blockchain and NFTs.

“In the future, we would like to try our hand at providing ‘autonomous game content,'” Matsuda said in the interview (translations by VGC). “Up to now, in most games we have provided the content as a finished product and the players have played this 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.”

Matsuda continued, saying, “In the future, we want to harness the power of these people to create games that will evolve as blockchain has the potential to create innovative and interesting content from users’ ideas.”

For some reason, the main driving point of blockchain for Matsuda seems to be this idea that games should include ways to motivate players to “play to contribute”. In his speech earlier this year, Matsuda acknowledged that some people “gamble for fun,” which is a really weird way of saying that pretty much everyone plays games for fun.

The idea of ​​rewarding players financially for their work isn’t a bad idea when making a game like e.g dreams, which is essentially game development software that you cannot monetize. But other than that, it just turns games into work, which isn’t really the point of them. Luckily, at least industry leaders like Xbox and Valve are aware that they have no interest in NFTs and the like. The President of Square Enix still wants to push blockchain games despite widespread backlash

Fry Electronics Team

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