Popular Japanese video game company SEGA is diving deep into blockchain gaming, a sector that has gained massive traction over the past year. Reports noted that the gaming giant is involved in an upcoming digital collectible card game being developed by double jump.tokyo, a blockchain gaming and NFT provider.
SEGA is Launching a Blockchain Card Game
The name and launch date for the game has not been revealed yet. However, an announcement on Wednesday did mention that the game is licensed by SEGA and will leverage the intellectual property of SEGA’s SANGOKUSHI TAISEN franchise.
According to the announcement, the game is expected to be built on the Oasys’ Layer2 blockchain. Oasys is an EVM-compatible and proof-of-stake blockchain specifically designed for gaming and backed by major gaming firms like SEGA, Ubisoft, and others.
Speaking on the collaboration, the CEO of double jump.tokyo Hironobu Ueno said, “We are honored to be a pioneering partner in building a new generation of games with SEGA on the blockchain.”
Blockchain Gaming Could Get Hotter
Blockchain gaming has come to the limelight following the rapid growth and integration of NFTs into games. One other contributing factor is the play-to-earn (P2E) concept, which rewards users for playing. Countless P2E applications have been built over the past years, and it has drawn more attention to the blockchain gaming scene.
SEGA is not the only gaming company that seems to have realized the potential in blockchain gaming. In March, Ubisoft participated in a $12 million investment round for a free-to-play blockchain game, “Cross the Ages.” But Ubisoft is not in a rush to add NFTs to games.
Ubisoft’s CEO, Yves Guillemot, recently said they are looking to understand how and whether NFTs will benefit gamers. “So we are testing ground with some games, and we’ll see if they really answer the players’ needs. But we are still in research mode, I would say,” Guillemot said.