“It is a logical extension of gaming’s future that it will expand to include new areas such as cloud gaming and networked devices,” Sega producer Masayoshi Kikuchi stated.
Sega, the Japanese gaming giant, is considering incorporating cloud technology and NFTs as part of its new “Super Game” initiative, which will connect several titles.
The news has elicited an anticipated outcry from the gaming community’s crypto-skeptics, with many individuals venting their concerns at the corporation online this week.
The Super Game initiative is scheduled to launch over the next five years and is expected to result in the creation of a diverse array of new cross-platform triple A quality games. The firm is reportedly considering an investment of over $800 million on the project.
The possibility of NFT and cloud support was mentioned during an interview conducted via Sega Japan’s recruitment website. Earlier last week, the gaming news site Video Games Chronicle produced an English translation.
Sega producer Masayoshi Kikuchi noted during the interview that the gaming industry has a “history of expansion” into new forms of culture and technology, particularly social media, with streaming and watching others play games becoming increasingly popular in recent years via platforms like YouTube and Twitch.
Kikuchi continued by implying that a shift to cloud computing and non-volatile memory would be inevitable, adding that:
“It is a logical extension of gaming’s future that it will expand to include new areas such as cloud gaming and network-based transactions. Additionally, we are developing SuperGame with the goal of demonstrating the extent to which disparate games can be integrated.”
THE BETRAYAL. WHY SEGA? pic.twitter.com/HuabO5QaiG
— JOLLY J✨ (@DynamoSuperX) April 10, 2022
Sega fans aired their concerns on Twitter, with one user writing, “Don’t you dare Sega, you’re doing well right now, don’t screw up now.” While matthewhenzel stated, “I have stated this previously and I stand by it.. NFT stands for NO FVCKING THANKS! Not in my case.”
The response appeared to be much milder than in previous instances when large game companies declared NFT plans, probably because these comments came from Sega Japan executives rather than from the company’s US branch.
Sega says 'future of gaming' includes NFTs and cloud streaming: https://t.co/4gTSOqoJoJ pic.twitter.com/JGmBTQJJX2
— Kotaku (@Kotaku) April 10, 2022
On Reddit, some of the r/gaming community questioned the possible integrations of NFTs, with “Radingod123” claiming that gaming companies prefer the idea of NFTs due to the alleged pyramid scheme features.
However, other users, such as “Bouldurr,” argued that the concept of cross-game transferable digital assets that can be owned and sold is a “nice one” that may work in the appropriate circumstances:
“Nanostructured thin films are a technology. They are neither intrinsically good nor evil. The fear stems from the greedy microtransactions that are currently present in games. It’s reasonable that some individuals object to the concept of ‘NFT’ games.”
“However, the concept holds potential in certain circumstances. I’d want to be able to sell my hearthstone collection, even at a loss,” they added.
To add insult to injury for anti-crypto gamers, legendary actor Jim Carey, who portrays Dr.Robotnik in the Sonic the Hedgehog films based on the Sega games, has also announced ambitions to enter the NFT space.
Apart from acting, Carey is a well-known artist, and during an interview with Access earlier this month to promote Sonic the Hedgehog 2, the 60-year-old said that he will soon debut an NFT collection dubbed “Magic Hour” that will feature digital art and spoken word pieces.
Jim Carey releasing his Art as NFTs.
I’m a big Jim Carey fan, let’s see how this goes down 😅 pic.twitter.com/qvA3CPW5zJ
— Matty (@DCLBlogger) April 4, 2022
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