Square Enix President Starts The New Year With Pro-NFT Stance

The 1st of January 2022 means a ton of welcome messages from various video game companies. We’ll be sure to compile the best ones in a separate article, but this one from Square Enix is attention-grabbing for the wrong reasons.

In a New Year’s open letter, Square Enix president Yosuke Matsuda expresses personal enthusiasm for blockchain tokens. The letter didn’t state that Square Enix will add NFTs in its games, but he said that the company is keeping a close eye on the technology. Here’s a quote from the entire letter:

“[Square Enix will] ramp up [its] efforts to develop a business accordingly, with an eye to potentially issuing our own tokens in the future. I realize that some people who ‘play to have fun’ and who currently form the majority of players have voiced their reservations toward these new trends, and understandably so. However, I believe that there will be a certain number of people whose motivation is to “play to contribute,” by which I mean to help make the game more exciting.

Traditional gaming has offered no explicit incentive to this latter group of people, who were motivated strictly by such inconsistent personal feelings as goodwill and volunteer spirit. This fact is not unrelated to the limitations of existing UGC (user-generated content). UGC has been brought into being solely because of individuals’ desire for self-expression and not because any explicit incentive existed to reward them for their creative efforts. I see this as one reason that there haven’t been as many major game-changing content that were user-generated as one would expect.

We do observe examples here and there of overheated trading in NFT-based digital goods with somewhat speculative overtones, regardless of the observed value of the content provided This, obviously, is not an ideal situation.”

The Twitter conversation about Square Enix’s thoughts on NFTs has been heated, to say the least.

 

Author: Mr Toffee

Mr Toffee is a writer, editor, & all-around video game words guy for 9 years, give or take. He also did some story for games like Chain Chronicle and some podcasting on the side. Likes: bacon, Metallica, jogging. Hates: raccoons, oblivion. Twitter: @MrToffee

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