Square Enix President Remains Hopeful on Blockchain Despite Backlash

Square Enix president Yosuke Matsuda reiterated its earlier hopeful tone about blockchain and token, commonly referred to as NFT technology, in a new interview. The interview was posted on April 15th with Yahoo Japanand localized for translation by VGC.

“If, instead of relying on goodwill, we can also provide incentives for those who contribute to development using technologies such as blockchain, there is a possibility that innovative and interesting content can be created from the ideas of users,” said Matusda. to Yahoo japan. .

Matusda was widely criticized last january, when in a New Year’s message, he said that Square Enix would investigate and explore blockchain technology. “I notice that some people who ‘play for fun’ and that for most players today have expressed their reservations about these new trends, and understandably so,” he wrote at the time. Many commentators, both journalists and on social media, took advantage of this phrase.

Matsuda compared those who ‘play for fun’ to those who ‘play to contribute’, those players who effectively contribute to development by creating custom game modes or organizing the game’s community. Matusda’s hope is that token technology can be used to encourage and reward the efforts of these players.

“Up until now, in most games, we provided content as a finished product and players played that content. However, there are a certain number of players in the world who want to contribute to making games more interesting by creating new settings and ways to play,” Matsuda said in the Yahoo interview.

Matsuda’s statements are made in a climate of continued skepticism and distrust of token and blockchain games as they continue to be stirred by hack and fraud attempts.

Matsuda is certainly not the only high-profile figure in the gaming industry to embrace token technology, with even legacy gaming figures embracing it. Ultima creator Richard Gariott recently said your next game would use token technology.

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