Yosuke Matsuda, President of the games company Square Enix, got into the topic of NFTs and blockchain games in a new article.
The plans outlined, while a noteworthy announcement from a major game maker, are likely to surprise some segments of the gaming market.
One of the world’s most popular gaming companies plans to expand its presence in the blockchain-based gaming world this year. Square Enix president Yosuke Matsuda spent much of his January 1 post discussing what he calls “decentralized gaming,” and said, “I hope this becomes a big trend in gaming in the future.”
Matsuda also stated his views on NFTs, saying, “We observe examples of trade in NFT-based digital products, with a bit of speculative tones regardless of what is observed. “This is obviously not an ideal situation, but as it becomes more prevalent among the general public, I expect to see some eventual right-sizing in digital product deals, with the value of each available content adjusted to its actual estimated value.”
This statement was considered a remarkable thought from the game company known for the Final Fantasy series. But, as usual, some Square Enix fans don’t seem to be too happy with the announcements. There has been a recent negative reaction to mainstream game makers who have set foot in NFT waters before.
Square Enix’s first public use of NFT took place last spring, when it partnered with a blockchain startup called Double Jump Tokyo. This announcement also raised concerns about Square Enix’s direction. In his letter, Matsuda acknowledged that NFTs will continue to be controversial for some players in their client base: