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According to a representative of the Oasys blockchain project, Japanese gaming titans are preparing for the adoption of blockchain technology in general and will not be persuaded by gamers who are against cryptocurrencies and nonfungible tokens (NFTs).
Oasys Representative Director Ryo Matsubara stressed that the project's well-known partners, including Bandai Namco, Sega, and Square Enix, are not just joining the cryptocurrency bandwagon — there is a long-term vision for blockchain-based gaming:
"At the executive level, we have a similar vision for blockchain technology. They are unwilling to alter that rule. They truly comprehend how blockchain will be adopted in the future. They want to develop the [next] future [of gaming], not simply think about the money.
Tekken and Pac-Man were created by Bandai Namco, Sonic the Hedgehog is generally regarded as Sega's most well-known game, and the Final Fantasy series was created by Square Enix.
When asked whether these businesses intended to incorporate blockchain technology into their existing gaming brands, Matsubara replied that they were initially considering creating entirely new blockchain games.
He pointed out that since this is an entirely "new model" of gaming, it needs more time to develop before these large corporations will consider more extensive blockchain interfaces with conventional games.
Strong [popular] IP will be introduced "after the model is fixed, becomes sustainable, and succeeds," he stated.
Looking at what has to be changed in blockchain gaming, Matsubara stated that many projects' current reliance on the cost of in-game tokens is a "huge concern." As a result, "speculation" rather than the gameplay itself is in more demand.
He continued by saying that as projects attempt to create true buzz for the games themselves, most likely through enhancing the overall gaming experience, there would be a "adjustment" over time.
Luke Sillay, the main community manager of Australian game developer and Animoca Brands subsidiary Blowfish Studios, who was also there, expressed similar concerns.
Sillay stressed that more players prefer games that are "pleasant to play" as opposed to being a hustle to earn tokens during an interview with Cointelegraph.
The formal mainnet launch of Oasys' proof-of-stake blockchain, which is specifically designed for gaming, is anticipated for the remaining months of this year. Matsubara also made a suggestion that games from its well-known partners would probably be unveiled in 2019.
Outside of Japan, well-known western game creators like Epic Games, which created Fortnite, have recently boosted their exposure to blockchain gaming. A new free-to-play NFT game named Blankos Block Party by Mythical Games has just added to the Epic Games shop.
Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games, said in July that his company "certainly" wouldn't follow Microsoft's Minecraft in outlawing NFT integrations in games. The action is in response to his comments.