Sega’s Co-COO Expresses Optimism in Blockchain Gaming and NFTs

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  • The new Sega-licensed TCG will focus on the Asian gaming industry.
  • Utsumi made the remarks in an interview with Dengeki Online.

Shuji Utsumi, Sega’s Co-COO, recently expressed optimism in blockchain gaming and the potential role NFTs may play in the future of video games, despite having told Bloomberg a few months before that he finds play-to-earn games to be “boring.”

Utsumi made the remarks in an interview that was first published as a sponsored article with Dengeki Online few weeks ago and translated into a blog post this week.

The Co-COO stated:

“within blockchain games, owning assets and, in some cases, earning money could become player wants that haven’t existed before.”

The Sonic the Hedgehog publisher’s Sangokushi Taisen card game’s intellectual property has been licenced to blockchain firm Double Jump.Tokyo, which is creating a brand-new trading card game (TCG) called Battle of Three Kingdoms with NFT cards motivated by the original 2005 game. Utsumi’s remarks are part of a larger discussion about this licensing arrangement.

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According to the announcement, the new Sega-licensed TCG will focus on the Asian gaming industry, include more than a hundred distinct cards, and get continued support in the form of game patches and upgrades after its first release.

According to Utsumi, the new game was licensed to “revive” the old game’s intellectual property while also making sure to “protect what needs to be protected.”

The original Sangokushi Taisen game’s producer will be in charge of developing Battle of Three Kingdoms, according to Sega’s Co-COO, and the company will also provide game materials. Ustumi described the partnership as “win-win” for both sides, citing Sega’s opportunity to gain insight into the development of blockchain games.

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