Japanese gaming company Konami is looking to expand its crypto-backed talent base while developing Web3 and metaverse experiences and a non-fungible token (NFT) marketplace.
Konami is a Japanese entertainment conglomerate and video game company. Apart from being a video game developer and publisher, it also produces and distributes trading cards, tokusatsu, anime, slot machines, pachinko machines, and arcade cabinets.
The company is the most recent platform to express an interest in expanding Web3 offerings to attract new employees. On October 13, the company issued a job posting for system construction and service development for future metaverse and Web3 platforms.
Konami highlighted its research and development plans to include the most recent technology within its games and content. It also has plans to launch an NFT trading platform so that players may sell their in-game digital items.
According to reports, Konami is well-known in traditional gaming communities as the publisher of the Metal Gear Solid, Castlevania, Dance Dance Revolution, and Frogger franchises. For its move into Web3, Konami is looking to fill open roles such as system engineers, programmers, project managers, designers, and directors. The chosen candidates will be required to develop a unique digital item distribution platform per Japanese blockchain gaming regulations.
The company launched a collection of NFTs in January to commemorate the anniversary of its Castlevania franchise. However, several traditional gaming businesses’ forays into NFTs haven’t been warmly accepted. The CEO of Ubisoft, Yves Guillemot, stated last month that the company had only started researching NFTs due to criticism of its Quartz platform.
Furthermore, some gamers see gaming companies’ moves into the NFT space as motivated by financial incentives, with environmental concerns about the proof-of-work mining process used to create them. According to reports, NFT sales will further decline in 2022 due to the cryptocurrency bear market. NFT marketplace OpenSea’s NFT sales have dropped by up to 99% from earlier this year’s record highs of more than $400 million.
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