Bang Jun-hyuk, the billionaire founder and chairmain of Netmarble, the biggest South Korean mobile game developer, has announced that 70% of their upcoming games will use blockchain and metaverse tech, around a dozen in total of twenty games. One of these games is A3: Still Alive, which will monetize in-game assets such as weapons with cryptocurrency, is releasing later this year in March. Interestingly, play-to-earn games are banned in Korea, so these games will be aimed at gamers elsewhere.
Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few years, NFT's and blockchains have taken gaming by storm. This has also resulted in a lot of controversy, such as Team 17 announcing and then closing down their NFT project, and Logic Artists shutting down after developing Expeditions: Rome to make NFT games.
"The blockchain-based games made by Netmarble will integrate the enjoyment of games, along with intangible assets through NFT, and I believe that the gaming industry will grow even bigger than it is now,” said Bang Jun-hyuk in a press conference. "The metaverse will not only transplant various elements from the game, but also converge with the blockchain technology to create a second real world beyond the virtual."
Another of these games from Netmarble is called Everybody's Marble: Metaworld, which utilize metaverse and NFT tech to allow players to purchase virtual land. Players will also be able to build and trade “NFTized” real estate, which is reminds me of Habbo Hotel a bit, honestly, and is somehow still alive after all these years. Neat.
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