The discussion around NFTs, particularly in video games, is still a major debate in the community. However, many game developers and publishers are embracing the new Web3 universe. We’ve seen the backlash surrounding publishers like Square Enix, which still believes in a NFT-based future, and we’ve seen others completely dismiss the idea. It’s a black and white battle between two ideals, but if you trim away the controversy, how can NFTs positively influence games? More importantly, are NFTs a natural extension for video games?

Sega is one of the latest companies determined to dive into the world of Web3 with its “Super Game” initiative. Producer Masayoshi Kikuchi revealed that some of the games in the initiative will include NFT technology. For many, it’s obvious that gaming is evolving. Sega VP Shuji Utsumi believes “there is great potential in the relationship between people who play and watch games.” Creating new forms of entertainment within these opportunities is one of Sega’s new goals.

Kikuchi added, “It’s a natural extension for the future of gaming that it will expand to involve new areas such as cloud gaming and NFTs. We are also developing SuperGame from the perspective of how far different games can be connected to each other.” For Sega, it’s just another sign of gaming’s evolution. The connection between games and community have become the forefront for many titles, with COVID pushing gaming into the spotlight as a super form of social media. The idea of expanding upon this hasn’t gone unnoticed, and many companies believe Web3 will provide deeper connections and social interactions while providing real wealth for players and spectators.

RELATED: Coinbase Launches Beta NFT Marketplace

However, it’s a divided topic, even in the highest levels of the video game industry. Ken Kutaragi, the creator of PlayStation, believes the metaverse is “pointless” and does not represent the next steps in the tech and gaming worlds.

“Being in the real world is very important, but the Metaverse is about making quasi-real in the virtual world, and I can’t see the point of doing it,” Kutaragi stated. “You would rather be a polished avatar instead of your real self? That’s essentially no different from anonymous messageboard sites.”

It’s worth noting that PlayStation has long since tried to become a more immersive platform. The evolution of VR continues to progress, but the existence of the once-lively PlayStation Home can’t be ignored. Often compared to Second Life, the virtual social experience was way ahead of its time and is still often mentioned in the discussion of what the metaverse should look like. Regardless of opinions, Web3 has rooted itself in the roadmaps of future video games and it isn’t disappearing anytime soon.