Square Enix, one of the biggest gaming companies based in Japan, has signed a partnership with Oasys, a Web3-oriented blockchain project. As part of this partnership, Square Enix will be among the first 21 validators in the Oasys network and will explore new possibilities regarding the development of blockchain games using this decentralized technology, including user-generated contributions.
Square Enix will validate the Oasys blockchain
Square Enix was one of the few AAA game companies in Japan to seek to incorporate blockchain elements into its business model. The company recently announcement that it will go all the way, being part of the initial set of validators oasisa gaming-focused blockchain advertised as a “high-speed, gas-free experience” for users.
The Japanese gaming giant will use the Oasys blockchain as a tool for the development of new blockchain games and the inclusion of user-generated content in virtual worlds. Commenting on this new partnership, Yosuke Saito, Head of Square Enix Blockchain Entertainment Division, said:
Our shared enthusiasm for Web3 games makes this an exciting partnership for us, and we look forward to insights that can advance the creation of all-new gaming experiences for players around the world.
The organization is not alone in this endeavor as other game companies have also partnered with Oasys to become network validators. Traditional and blockchain game companies such as bandai namcoSega, Ubisoft, Netmarble, Wemade, Com2us and Yield Guild Games are also among these top 21 block validators.
A blockchain background
Square Enix’s blockchain focus is nothing new. In fact, the company has included blockchain technology as part of its business model since last year, saying it would “focus on blockchain games based on token economies as a form of decentralized content.”
The company’s president also emphasized the use of technology to reward users who contribute to the creation of virtual worlds with their own elements, as described in the Oasys partnership press release. In January, in a New Year’s letter, Square Enix President Yosuke Matsuda declared:
Whether it’s having fun, making money, or contributing, a wide variety of motivations will drive people to play games and connect with each other. Blockchain-based tokens will enable this.
In July, the company announcement plans to issue Final Fantasy-themed non-fungible tokens (NFTs) using the Enjin blockchain in 2023, as part of the 25th anniversary celebration of the franchise’s inception.
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