Konami, one of Japan’s most influential game developers and publishers, has announced that it will introduce Web3 and metaverse technologies into its games. The company has opened 13 different business opportunities for three divisions that will be responsible for developing new projects to lead Konami’s latest business strategy.
Konami to enter the Metaverse and Web3 Arena
Konami, one of the largest developers and publishers of AAA games in Japan, is showing interest in jumping on the metaverse and Web3 entertainment bandwagon. The company recently published a series of job opportunities to produce experiences that include this type of technology in its upcoming games.
The company is hiring 13 different job opportunities in the areas of infrastructure development, production, operations and support. These new slots will help “provide new experiences like Web3 and Metaverse,” according to a Konami press release.
Although there is no data on which intellectual property (IPs) will use these new technologies, the company has outlined its general plans for the future, which also include non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Konami advertiser:
We have conducted research and development to integrate the latest technology into games and content, and plan to launch a service where players can trade in-game NFTs (digital items) through a unique distribution platform using the blockchain.
This isn’t the first time Konami has used blockchain-based elements as part of its operations. In fact, the company has already released an NFT collection to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Castlevania, one of its most beloved franchises.
The NFT collection, which includes videos and photos of some of the franchise’s first games, was successful and managed to raise more than $160,000 in January. As a result, the company indicated that it would prefer to adopt more of this technology, indicating that it will use it for “content preservation” purposes.
Other Japanese players have the advantage when it comes to metaverse and Web3 developments. Bandai Namco is already working on creating its own multi-IP metaverse, and in February said it would invest $130 million towards that goal. Square Enix has also included blockchain and play-to win as part of its commercial strategy, even announcing the launch of next year’s Final Fantasy-themed NFT suite.
Sega also recently announced that it will produce its own IP-licensed blockchain-based game, using Japanese blockchain provider Oasys to support its decentralized components.
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