The company has opened 13 different positions for three departments that will be responsible for developing the new projects that will spearhead Konami’s latest business strategy.
Konami enters the arena of metavers and Web3
Konami, one of Japan’s largest AAA game developers and publishers, is showing interest in jumping on the metaverse and Web3 entertainment bandwagon. The company recently published a series of job offers for the production of experiences that include this type of technology in its upcoming games.
The company is hiring through 13 different positions in infrastructure development, production and operations, and support. These new openings will allow “Deliver new experiences such as Web3 and Metaverse.“, according to Konami’s press release.
While there was no statement about which IPs (intellectual properties) will use these new technologies, the company explained its general plans for the future, which also include non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Konami stated:
We have been conducting research and development to incorporate the latest technologies into games and content, and we plan to launch a service where players can exchange their in-game NFTs (digital objects) through a single distribution platform using the blockchain.
This isn’t the first time Konami has used blockchain-based elements in its business. In fact, the company previously released an NFT collection to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Castlevania, one of its most beloved franchises.
The NFT collection, which features videos and images from some of the franchise’s earliest games, was a success and managed to raise over $160,000 in January. As a result, the company has expressed support for adopting the technology and has indicated that it will use it for “content preservation“.
Other Japanese players are ahead of the curve when it comes to metaverse and Web3 developments. Bandai Namco is already working on creating its own multi-IP metaverse and said in February that it would invest $130 million toward that goal. Square Enix has also included blockchain and play-to-earn in its business strategy, even announcing the launch of a Final Fantasy-themed NFT collection for next year.
Sega also recently announced that it will produce its own IP-licensed game based on blockchain, using Japanese blockchain provider Oasys to support its decentralized components.