- Jul 27, 2015
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Sega's co-COO Shuji Utsumi has said the Japanese gaming giant still hasn't figured out what blockchain is good for, and may not make it part of a flagship "supergame" slated for a 2026 release.
Speaking to Bloomberg at a games conference, Utsumi said Sega is not "denying the potential" of blockchain but, he added, "We are trying to figure out what is the best way to entertain the audience. [We are] evaluating, searching, learning." Sega is still pondering blockchain because, in part, some gamers have expressed a dislike for "play to earn" features that see players given in-game incentives to earn non-fungible tokens. "We are very careful because we understand that especially Western gamers are not big fans of our Web3 initiative," Utsumi explained in this video interview.
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