TECH NEWS – Former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé says technology is viable in the industry if it benefits users.
Reggie Fils-Aimé has also noticed the trend of NFTs becoming more popular. Ubisoft has already taken the first steps with its Ubisoft Quartz, Konami has exploited the Castlevania franchise in the NFT arena, and Square Enix has an admitted interest in the whole world. Overall, the industry is slowly moving toward blockchain technology and digital assets in video games. However, there’s still room for iconic former leaders to have their say on this direction.
“I’m a believer in blockchain, I think it’s a really compelling technology.” – Reggie Fils-Aimé
Reggie Fils-Aimé, the charismatic former president of Nintendo of America, assessed the integration of video games into the blockchain technology space and said there are good reasons for the two fields to converge: “So I’m a believer in blockchain, I think it’s a really compelling technology. I’m also a believer in the concept of ‘play to own’ within video games, and I say this as a player where I may have invested 50 hours, 100 hours, or 300 hours in a game, and when I’m ready to move on to something else, wouldn’t it be great to monetize what I’ve built?” the former executive explained at SXSW in Austin, Texas (via Nintendo Life).
“I bet I’d have some takers here today if I wanted to sell my Animal Crossing island from the latest Nintendo Switch version; I’d like to be able to monetize that. Blockchain technology embedded in the code would enable me to do that.” Reggie distances himself from other current companies despite his statements, saying he prefers approaches that offer real user benefits.
“In the end it’s got to be good for the player…” – Reggie Fils-Aimé
“Now I say that in the context of ‘it needs to make sense for the player’. It can’t just be an approach by the developer that it’s interesting or it’s a way for them as a development entity to make more money,” continues the former CEO. “In the end it’s got to be good for the player, but I see an opportunity.”
Despite leaving the Nintendo of America offices back in 2019, Reggie has no actual plans to move away from the video game industry. While he’s absolutely confident that the Nintendo Switch will continue to be successful, he’s also keeping an eye on developments such as recent studio acquisitions. Steps that he believes are not over yet.
Source: Nintendo Life