Square Enix president pushes blockchain despite backlash

“In the future, we would like to try our hand at providing ‘autonomous game content.’”

Square Enix president Yosuke Matsuda hasn’t shied away from blockchain technology. Earlier this year, said president sent out a New Year’s letter highlighting his interest in NFTs in future games. Despite all the backlash coming with that statement, Matsuda once again reiterates his interests in blockchain during a recent interview.

Square Enix president insists on blockchain

In an interview with Yahoo Japan, the Square Enix president explains where the intrigue lies in blockchain technology for him. “In the future, we would like to try our hand at providing ‘autonomous game content,’” Matsuda explains. He expands on this further in a statement:

“Until now, in most games, we provided the content as a finished product and the players played that content. However, there are a certain number of players in the world who want to contribute to making games more interesting, by creating new settings and ways of playing.”

I’m not certain what world the Square Enix president lives in. Putting ‘interesting’ and ‘blockchain’ in the same setting doesn’t line up. Players want to enjoy games for the content that exists within them. If you want to contribute to a game, just play a choice-based one.

Matsuda expanded a bit more on his statement during the interview:

“In the future, we want to utilize the power of these people to create games that will continue to evolve. If, instead of relying on goodwill, we can also provide incentives to those who contribute to development by utilizing technologies such as blockchain, there is a possibility that innovative and interesting content can be created from the ideas of users.”

Yosuke Matsuda in FFXV launch presentation
No wonder Matsuda appears as a boss in the FFXV launch presentation

Again, Square Enix?

Once again, another corporate leader pushes the urge for blockchain despite not understanding what any of it means. Every time I read these kinds of statements, they’re always throwing out random buzzwords that don’t actually mean much. Corporate leaders look at NFTs and only see profit, not what the community actually wants. Unfortunately, the Square Enix president seems to be no exception.

Via, PCGamer.

Erin Vieira

Writer, artist, cosplayer, D&D player, Final Fantasy lover, and Bayonetta enthusiast Erin Vieira says that although they were born amongst mortals, someday they will exist as an unknown entity of the void. There will still be video games there, of course.
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