Sq. Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda remains to be saying the corporate will probably be stepping into blockchain-based video games. In an interview with Yahoo Japan (noticed and translated by Video Video games Chronicle ), Matsuda reiterated his perception that there’s a way forward for sport improvement the place gamers “contribute” to a sport’s improvement utilizing blockchain expertise.
His feedback echo his letter printed on Sq. Enix’s web site again in January, the place he stated that Sq. Enix is concerned with video games with token-based economies (referring to cryptocurrency tokens minted on a blockchain). He additionally stated that Sq. Enix hopes to draw gamers who as a substitute of enjoying for enjoyable, are motivated to “play to contribute.”
Matsuda’s feedback to Yahoo Japan shine barely extra gentle on his considering, which additionally apparently should do with an ever-globalizing online game market. He says that the purpose is to publish “autonomous sport content material,” that might be up to date by each builders engaged on the sport and followers who might earn tokens by way of blockchain expertise.
The phrase “play to contribute” makes extra sense if you happen to have a look at this description and assume it is describing gamers who wish to promote user-generated content material in video games. Nevertheless it stays unclear why blockchain expertise is required to make this dream occur, when video games like Roblox have achieved this purpose with nary a decentralized platform in website.
Matsuda has additionally but to touch upon the inefficient power utilization of many blockchain platforms that contribute to local weather change, and whether or not Sq. Enix would work to keep away from these failures. He did beforehand remark that he believes blockchain tech’s present use as a speculative funding device could be “right-sized” by public curiosity in digital items.
The Yahoo Japan interview does reveal different attention-grabbing titbits about Matsuda’s considering. In accordance with the (Google Translate-ed) piece, Matsuda is concerned with financing video games by way of related enterprise preparations because the movie trade, the place a number of firms unfold the monetary danger of a challenge’s improvement.
He additionally shared the origins of his two nicknames: “uncle headshot” and “handgun president.” Each apparently date again to his enjoying first-person shooter video games. The latter is a bit funnier, because it needed to do with video games the place he would neglect to change away from easy starter weapons like a pistol, and never decide up extra superior weapons.