Japanese Entertainment Conglomerate Konami Enters Metaverse by Offering Web3 Jobs

Japanese video game and entertainment company Konami has posted job listings for Web3-related positions in bids to leverage its products and services in the metaverse and web3 landscape.

Konami said the hiring exercise is designed to create a new team that will allow the company to incorporate Web3 and metaverse technologies into its future gaming titles. The firm announced 13 different job openings for three departments that will be tasked with developing future programs to jumpstart its latest business strategy.

Konami Digital Entertainment said it will be hiring a diverse range of talent made up of system engineers, programmers, project managers, business development producers, designers, and other positions. The new team will be in charge of “system construction” and “service development” in order to develop new perspectives into Web3 and Metaverse.

Besides this, Konami said it is carrying out research and development to integrate cutting-edge technology into games and content. The firm further hinted at using NFTs and digital assets to launch in-game items to expand players’ experience and community events through blockchain technology.

The Japanese gaming giant is the latest traditional player that is betting big on Web 3 and Metaverse. Early this month, Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced that the country will expand the use of Web3 services that utilize the Metaverse and NFT. Such a friendly environment seems to attract local firms to exploit the Web 3.0 and metaverse space which is generating lots of hype and excitement in the world of business technology right now.

 Web3 brings the high potential for firms and brands to create virtual experiences and engagements not possible before. The world is still early in the technology trend, but in the first half of 2022, more than $120 billion have been invested in the development of metaverse technologies and infrastructure. That is more than double the $57 billion invested in all of 2021.

Everything from immersive social interactions, to NFT VR experiences, companies like Google, Facebook (now Meta), and Microsoft, among others, are racing to develop ecosystems and aggressively courting developers to build into their metaverse.

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Game Giant Konami Joins NFT Race, To Launch With Castlevania Video Game Franchise

Video Game Giant Konami is launching a NFT auction to commemorate the “Castlevania” franchise. The box will include 14 tokens, audio files, and poster art showing scenes from early Nintendo games. The auction will begin the next week, January 12, 2022.

Konami To Launch With Castlevania Commemorative NFTs

The Castlevania 35th Anniversary NFT collection online portal was unveiled by Konami on Thursday. The collection will be auctioned off on the NFT marketplace Opensea. The NFTs from Konami will pay tribute to the franchise, which began with the Nintendo Entertainment System game “Castlevania” in 1986. (NES).

Scenes from several series entries on the NES and its Japanese equivalent, the Famicom, are included in the NFT collection. Original pixel graphics of Dracula’s Castle, poster art for the Title Boy Advance game “Castlevania: Circle of the Moon,” and audio for the recurring music theme “Vampire Killer” are among the other tokens in the collection.

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 Unlike other non-fungible tokens from gaming firms, these NFTs will not have any in-game utility.. They’re just trinkets to commemorate the series’ 35th anniversary.

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Other Gaming Companies Have Jumped On NFTs

Several game companies are interested in NFTs. Ubisoft, Square Enix, Electronic Arts, and GameStop have all announced plans to deploy NFT products and services, or have tentative plans to do so.

Ubisoft, has previously released NFTs for use in Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint on a PC (PC). The move was chastised for the NFTs aspects and for the usability of NFT products.

The news from Konami coincides with SEGA’s recent revelation that it may abandon its NFT plans owing to poor reception. SEGA first unveiled its plans for NFT in March 2020.

Konami’s debut into the NFT space has been mocked by some video game players. Conversations regarding the company’s NFTs have been strewn across social media since Thursday.

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Konami Enters the NFT Scene With “Castlevania” NFTs

Key Takeaways

  • Konami has announced that it is auctioning a collection of non-fungible tokens to commemorate its “Castlevania” series.
  • The offer will include 14 tokens featuring scenes from early Nintendo games, as well as audio files and poster art.
  • The auction will begin next week on Jan. 12, 2022.

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Konami has announced that it will release a series of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) based on its “Castlevania” franchise.

NFTs Include Game Scenes, Music, Posters

Konami’s “Castlevania” franchise will be the subject of a new NFT series.

Konami’s NFTs will commemorate the series that began with 1986’s “Castlevania” for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).

The NFT collection includes scenes from various series entries on the NES and its Japanese equivalent, the Famicom. Other tokens in the collection feature original pixel art of Dracula’s Castle, poster art for the Game Boy Advance game “Castlevania: Circle of the Moon,” and audio for the recurring music theme, “Vampire Killer.”

Unlike some non-fungible tokens from game companies, these NFTs will not have any in-game utility. They are merely commemorative collectibles marking the series’ 35th anniversary.

14 different non-fungible tokens are up for auction, and only one copy of each NFT will be available to buyers.

The auction will begin at 5:00 P.M. EST on Jan. 12, 2022, and will last for four hours.

However, it some users are already making offers on the NFTs, which can be viewed on OpenSea. Items in the series have attracted bids of 0.005 ETH ($17) to 0.014 ETH ($48) so far.

Game Companies Are Pursuing NFTs

Konami is one of several gaming companies with an interest in NFTs. Ubisoft, Square Enix, Electronic Arts, and GameStop have all launched NFT products and services or have tentative plans to do so.

However, many of those plans have been met with backlash by the general public, both due to the perceived environmental cost of blockchain mining and to excess hype around NFTs.

Konami has already seen some backlash around its NFT plans, as critics have drawn comparisons to the company’s recent and unpopular shift toward pachinko machines. However, there does not appear to be any organized opposition, and Konami appears to be going forward with the NFT auction regardless.

Incidentally, this news comes alongside an announcement from SEGA, which revealed recently that it may end its NFT plans due to negative reception. SEGA originally announced NFT plans in March 2020.

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