Sega may simply abandon its NFT plans.
Sega revealed that it was teaming up with developer Double Jump to launch an NFT lineup in April 2021, and the reaction wasn't exactly positive. Fans criticized Sega for the move, highlighting the environmental damage caused by NFTs, and nearly a year later, Sega has finally acknowledged these complaints.
"In terms of NFT, we'd like to try out various experiments and we've already started a lot of different studies and considerations, but nothing is decided at this point in regards to playing to win," Sega said at a management meeting. “There have already been many announcements about this, including abroad, but there are users who show negative reactions at the moment.
“We need to carefully evaluate a lot of things, like how can we mitigate the negative elements, how much can we introduce this within Japanese regulations, what will be accepted and what will not be accepted by users,” continued Sega.
"So we'll consider this in more detail if it leads to our 'Constantly Creating, Forever Captivating' quests, but if it's perceived as simply making money, I'd like to make the decision not to proceed."Read also
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With that, it's clear that Sega isn't taking the cancellation off the table - if fan reception is heard, there's a possibility that the plans could be canceled entirely.
It's not entirely clear how Sega will measure online feedback and reviews, but it's a potential step away from NFTs, which is becoming an increasing rarity among major game publishers.
Konami has just launched its own NFT line called Konami Memorial, starting with Castlevania for its 35th anniversary, while GameStop is opening an online marketplace for NFTs. Square Enix and Ubisoft are also getting into NFTs and cryptocurrencies, with the former saying that games shouldn't be fun.
All in all, there's a lot of bad news from the NFT piling up, but there are some small glimmers of hope slipping through the cracks, like Josef Fares denouncing them and Stalker removing them. Let's hope Sega follows suit, shall we?