At this point, it is no secret that NFTs can do a lot. They can be digital art from your favorite artists, unlock exclusive experiences with your favorite musician, and can act as a fundraising medium.
But perhaps one of the more interesting applications of NFTs has been in gaming. In recent times, gaming companies like Ubisoft have incorporated NFTs into their digital ecosystems, albeit to often mixed responses.
On the surface, a merger of NFTs and gaming seems natural. After all, games have used digital assets in some form for decades. Well, according to gaming giant SEGA, NFTs in gaming are not only natural but are the future of the industry itself.
SEGA Speaks on NFTs
This news comes as an older interview of SEGA executives has resurfaced online. In the interview, the executives speak on the company’s plans for a ‘SuperGame’ project and also about the future of gaming as a whole.
As per the interview, SuperGame is part of a five-year plan the company has to feature titles that “cross over SEGA’s comprehensive range of technologies”. Innovation is clearly going to be a theme with these games as they are reportedly going to lean outside the traditional framework of gaming.
In the interview, Twitch was referenced as an example of how the gaming sector has evolved over time. SEGA is now looking to create new projects that leverage these technological and social changes in the industry for its audience.
And according to one executive, SEGA producer Masayoshi Kikuchi, NFTs will find their way into this mix.
“It is a natural extension for the future of gaming that it will expand to involve new areas such as cloud gaming and NFTs. We are also developing SuperGame from the perspective of how far different games can be connected to each other,” he said, adding that games have always had a connection to current technological and cultural shifts.
A Gaming Revolution?
From this, we can see that tech executives are well aware of the coming changes that could affect their industries and that NFTs will be involved in these changes. Currently, the gaming industry seems to be experimenting with NFTs and seeing how audiences respond to them.
For a lot of these projects thus far, it has been hit or miss. If companies could find the balance between creating new gaming offerings that tap into the current trends and satisfying their customers with products that they consider worthwhile, NFTs would have an easier time.
This is a tricky and ambitious thing to pursue but if any company has the resources to do it, it’s probably SEGA. If they are successful, NFTs could forever change the way that gaming fans operate in the same way that streaming sites like Twitch did.
SEGA has not released any official statement since the interview resurfaced. However, we can expect to see some more developments from the company as its ‘SuperGame’ projects officially launch. Hopefully, some of them will have NFTs as part of their setup.