Ubisoft’s latest foray into the NFT gaming house has left a lot of its builders confused and anxious. Devs reportedly took to the corporate’s inner social media to voice their frustration after final week’s announcement of Ubisoft Quartz, the corporate’s new NFT market. Some builders raised considerations concerning the scheme’s environmental impression, whereas others questioned the aim of including NFTs to video games like Ghost Recon: Breakpoint within the first place.
Earlier this month, Ubisoft introduced Ubisoft Quartz: a platform the place customers can purchase and re-sell in-game beauty gadgets utilizing cryptocurrency. The brand new scheme is a component of a bigger industry-wide push to incorporate cryptocurrency-backed NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) into video video games. The primary enchantment is that by tying this stuff to NFTs, gamers will “personal” the gadgets they earn in-game. The apparent drawback, in fact, is the truth that the beauty gadgets are solely useable in-game. If Ubisoft chooses to shut down Ghost Recon: Breakpoint‘s servers, say bye-bye to your NFT tactical masks.
In accordance with Kotaku, many Ubisoft builders are additionally mentioning related considerations concerning the validity of NFTs. One developer acknowledged, “I nonetheless don’t actually perceive the ‘drawback’ being solved right here. Is it actually well worth the (extraordinarily) unfavourable publicity this can trigger?” A sound concern, contemplating many customers instantly responded with criticism upon the scheme’s announcement. Moreover, different builders raised considerations concerning the excessive vitality consumption of blockchain know-how, even when taking into consideration “environmentally pleasant” options.
All of those considerations exacerbate what’s already a PR catastrophe for the multinational online game firm. Over the previous 12 months, Ubisoft has gone by means of a litany of investigations into the corporate’s tradition of sexual harassment and abuse.