It appears that Konami is serious about making a splash in the Web3 and Metaverse markets, as reflected by their plans to release an NFT platform for in-game item trading.
In a recent posting, the company stated that they were looking for candidates with a wide range of skills in” system construction and service development to provide new experiences such as Web3 and Metaverse.”
The company believes this will improve its infrastructure and speed up operations. In its detailed explanation of how it plans to implement non-fungible tokens (NFTs), the company stated that its NFTs would not only be used in-game but would also have a role to play in fan communities and events. The company asserts that its NFTs will improve the user experience by allowing fans to “interact with other services and communities.”
Earlier on, we saw that a lot of developers were not too enthusiastic about the prospect of implementing NFTs into their games. On the other hand, Konami is eager to dive even deeper into the NFT business with an eye toward developing genuinely useful in-game items.
We have been conducting research and development to incorporate the latest technology into games and contents, and plan to launch a service where players can trade their in-game NFTs (digital items) through a unique distribution platform using blockchain”
This year in January, Konami released a set of NFTs based on the Castlevania franchise in honor of its 25th anniversary. Animated GIFs from the first three Castlevania games made up the bulk of the collection, though there were also some artistic interpretations available for purchase.
Even though some companies like Bandai Namco and Square Enix have begun experimenting with NFTs, many developers and players in the industry are still wary of their use because of worries about the impact on the environment and the speculative nature of buying and selling virtual items.