Konami, the Japanese publishing and game-development giant, announced that it would be adding metaverse and Web3 technologies to its games. The company opened 13 different job openings for three departments that will be responsible for developing the new projects to spearhead Konami’s latest business strategy.
Konami enters Metaverse and Web3 Arena
Konami is one of Japan’s largest AAA publishers and game designers. They are interested in joining the metaverse or Web3 entertainment train. Recently, the company published job opportunities for production of these types of technologies in its next game.
There are 13 job opportunities available in infrastructure, production, operations and support. These new openings will help to “provide new experiences such as Web3 and Metaverse,” according to Konami’s news release.
The company didn’t make statements on the IPs that these technologies will use, but it did describe its future plans, which included non-fungible tokens. Konami said:
Research and development have been ongoing to integrate the most recent technology into game and contents. In-game NFTs are digital items that players trade through an exclusive distribution platform using blockchain.
This isn’t the first time around for Konami using blockchain-based elements as part of its operations. The company actually has an NFT collection that it released to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Castlevania. This is one of the most loved franchises.
NFT’s collection of videos and photos of early games was a huge success and raised over $160K. As a result, the company signaled in favor of further adopting this technology, noting it would be using the same for “content preservation” purposes.
The metaverse and Web3 advancements are dominated by Japanese players. Bandai Namco, which is currently working to create its own multi-IP metaverse in the future, announced that it was investing $130million towards this end. Square Enix also includes blockchain and play to earn as part of their business strategy. They even announced the launch of an NFT-themed Final Fantasy collection next year.
Sega announced recently that it plans to produce its blockchain-based IP-licensed video game. Oasys is a Japanese blockchain provider.
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