Image: Square Enix

Square Enix is the latest major gaming publisher to partner with Oasys, a Proof-of-Stake (PoS) based eco-friendly blockchain that claims to be “revolutionizing the gaming industry.” Best known for the Final Fantasy franchise, the publisher aims to “explore the feasibility of harnessing user contributions in the development and of new games” on the Oasys blockchain as part of the new initiative.

“We are excited to join the Oasys team and others in the gaming community on this project,” said Yosuke Saito, Director, Square Enix Blockchain Entertainment Division. “Our shared enthusiasm for Web3 gaming makes this an exciting partnership for and we look forward to gaining insights that can advance the creation of all-new play experiences for gamers across the globe.”

“To partner with a respected and ambitious gaming company such as Square Enix, helps us to accelerate our collective mission to bring blockchain gaming to the masses,” said Daiki Moriyama, Director at Oasys. “With our partnership, we will be able to truly bring new experiences and empower gaming fans from all backgrounds while helping to establish the next stage of growth for blockchain entertainment.”

Image: Oasys

From an Oasys post:

Oasys, an environmentally-friendly, gaming-optimised Proof-of-Stake blockchain built for gamers by gamers, today announced that Square Enix, a global entertainment conglomerate, has joined its project as the final of 21 initial node validators on its platform.

As part of this initiative, Square Enix and Oasys will explore the feasibility of harnessing user contributions in the development and of new games on the Oasys blockchain.

Square Enix is one of the most established integrated entertainment companies in the world and is best known as the publisher of many iconic videogame franchises.

Square Enix has announced that a major strategic theme for the company going forward would be to explore the development of decentralised games, with tokenised economies built on the blockchain and launched its own Blockchain Entertainment Business division on April, 2022.

Square Enix is not the only major gaming publisher to join the Oasys blockchain. As indicated by the photo above, other notable validators include the likes of Bandai Namco Research, SEGA, Ubisoft, Netmarble, and Yield Guild Games.

Oasys’ founding team members include Hajime Nakatani, President & CEO of Bandai Namco Research, and Shuji Utsui, Co-Chief Operation Officer at Sega Corporation and CEO of Sega of America, as noted on Oasys.games.

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11 comments

  1. Soo... Square Enix sold the only studios they have that have released anything interesting since the 8-bit era, in order to double down on Blockchain trash?

    Good luck with that :LOL:

    Edit:

    Oh right, forgot about Final Fantasy.

    Comment still stands :p
  2. Soo... Square Enix sold the only studios they have that have released anything interesting since the 8-bit era, in order to double down on Blockchain trash?

    Good luck with that :LOL:

    Edit:

    Oh right, forgot about Final Fantasy.

    Comment still stands :p
    I can't argue with that at all, and I'm generally a FF fan. But the latest single-player games haven't really stood out well against their historical peers.... FFXIV has been generally good, but it also started off horribly and took a herculean effort to get it where it's at now.

    I mourn where S/E is headed... I once thought that was one of the better publishers. How the mighty are shooting themselves in the foot... or something like that to mix sayings.
  3. Soo... Square Enix sold the only studios they have that have released anything interesting since the 8-bit era, in order to double down on Blockchain trash?
    They said so themselves. In the original announcement of the sales. They are getting rid of real game IPs and real game devs so they can pour all the money into blockchain.

    They should just set fire to it though, better for the environment with the same end result.
  4. What the ever loving fudge are block chain games?! I just don't get it. I don't see how gaming and block chain go together. Unless there is a whole game developed... THEN to get loot within the game it's dependent on block chain processing... ??? No that makes no sense I still don't get it. Is there a document talking about what block chain gaming is?
  5. Soo... Square Enix sold the only studios they have that have released anything interesting since the 8-bit era, in order to double down on Blockchain trash?
    Hey, it's "eco-friendly" blockchain trash. And they've developed a new garbage collection algorithm to recycle their trash. Oh wait, it's not new at all; they've been using it for ages. ♻️
  6. What the ever loving fudge are block chain games?! I just don't get it. I don't see how gaming and block chain go together. Unless there is a whole game developed... THEN to get loot within the game it's dependent on block chain processing... ??? No that makes no sense I still don't get it. Is there a document talking about what block chain gaming is?

    I read it as games that incorporate NFT's.

    Maybe that wasn't what they intended, but that's what I took from it.
  7. I read it as games that incorporate NFT's.

    Maybe that wasn't what they intended, but that's what I took from it.
    Yea maybe that's it... it seems square enix is all in on block chain gaming.

    Square enix... it took them some time but now they hare officially worse than EA.
  8. What the ever loving fudge are block chain games?! I just don't get it. I don't see how gaming and block chain go together. Unless there is a whole game developed... THEN to get loot within the game it's dependent on block chain processing... ??? No that makes no sense I still don't get it. Is there a document talking about what block chain gaming is?
    Games that incorporate some form of blockchain. Either through NFTs or by creating their own cryptocurrency to be used in game, sometimes both.

    These games are not special in any way, they are basically crap 'indie' games that look like they were made in 2002, but with an added layer of predatory in-game marketplaces. Except why would any one want to trade anything in a crappy game that has no fun gameplay?

    But I go one further: Most crypto games don't even contain make it that far. They are just promises of games and start selling NFTs or their cryptocurrency before even starting to develop the game. And cryptobros and whales howl in joyous glee, and buy all their "in-game" NFTs, only for the creators to rugpull them, and the value of their purchases drop to 0.001$ from 10.000$ Yes, it is not uncommon for them to offer 10k USD NFTs, and there are moonbros stupid enough to buy them.

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