Japanese gaming giant Sega plans to integrate cloud technology and NFTs as part of its new “Super Game” project to connect different games with each other.
The news prompted a predictable backlash from the crypto-skeptical section of the gaming community, with many expressing their frustrations with the company online this week.
The Super Game initiative is set to roll out over the next five years and will see the development of a wide range of new triple-A cross-platform games. The company is expected to weigh a investment about $800 million in the project.
The suggestion of potential NFT and cloud support came during an interview on Sega Japan’s recruitment website. Gaming newspaper Video Games Chronicle provided a translation for English speakers earlier this week.
During the interview, Sega producer Masayoshi Kikuchi noted that the gaming industry has a “history of expansion” into new forms of culture and technology such as social media in particular, with streaming and watching others play games through platforms like YouTube and Twitch become popular in recent years.
Kikuchi went on to suggest that a shift to cloud technology and NFTs would therefore be inevitable, noting that:
“It’s a natural extension for the future of gaming that it will expand to involve new areas such as cloud gaming and NFTs. We’re also developing SuperGame from the perspective of how different games can be connected together. to each other.
THE TREASON. WHY SEGA? pic.twitter.com/HuabO5QaiG
— JOLLY J✨ (@DynamoSuperX) April 10, 2022
Some Sega fans took to Twitter to express their frustrations, with user NotEdgyYet stating “Don’t dare Sega, you’re doing great right now, don’t be wrong now.” While matthewhenzel noted “I’ve said it before and I stand by it.. NFT=NO FVCKING THANK YOU! Not for me.”
The pushback seemed much tamer than other occasions where major game companies announced NFT plans, perhaps because those comments came from Sega Japan executives and not the US branch.
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—Kotaku (@Kotaku) April 10, 2022
On Reddit, members of the r/gaming community were also wondering about potential NFT integrations, with “Radingod123” suggest this gaming company likes the idea of NFTs because of the supposed elements of the pyramid scheme.
However, other users such as “Bouldurr” offered a different approach to the topic, saying the idea of having cross-game portable digital assets that can be owned and sold is “cool” and could work under the right circumstances. :
“NFTs are a technology. They are not inherently good or bad. The apprehension comes from the greedy micro-transactions already in games. It’s understandable that people don’t like the idea of ”NFT” games.
“But the idea is promising in certain situations. I would love to be able to sell my Hearthstone collection even if it was for pennies,” they added.
In news that may frustrate anti-crypto gamers even further, iconic actor Jim Carey, who plays Dr. Robotnik in the Sega games-based Sonic the Hedgehog films, also opened up about his plans to enter the NFT space.
Besides acting, Carey is also a respected artist and during an earlier interview with Access to promote Sonic the Hedgehog 2 earlier this month, the 60-year-old said he would be launching a collection soon. NFT dubbed “Magic Hour” featuring digital art pieces and spoken word.
Jim Carey publishes his art as NFT.
I’m a huge Jim Carey fan, let’s see how it goes pic.twitter.com/qvA3CPW5zJ
— Matty (@DCLBlogger) April 4, 2022