As it focuses on providing web3 and metaverse experiences and looks to incorporate a new non-fungible token (NFT) market, Japanese gaming company Konami is looking to expand its crypto talent pool.
The gaming giant is the latest in a long line of household names that have expressed interest in upgrading their NFT, web3 and metaverse services by seeking to hire new talent.
The company said on October 13 that it was looking for “a broad range of talent” for “systems building and services development” associated with the upcoming metaverse and web3 platforms.
Intending to introduce an NFT trading platform where users can trade their in-game digital goods, Konami stated that it is committed to research and development to incorporate “the latest technology” into its games and other content offerings.
Traditional gaming communities are familiar with the company as the publisher of Frogger, Castlevania, Dance Dance Revolution, and the Metal Gear Solid series.
The company is currently hiring for several positions relevant to web3 as it prepares to enter the metaverse, including system engineers, programmers, project managers, designers, and directors.
Successful candidates will be tasked with working on a “unique digital item distribution platform” that complies with Japanese regulations for blockchain games.
Konami previously entered the NFT market, having introduced several NFTs in January to mark the anniversary of the Castlevania franchise. However, along with Konami, several other traditional game companies have also made significant inroads into NFTs, so there has also been opposition. The most notable example is Ubisoft’s Quartz platform, which faced some criticism in early 2022.
The company was only in “research mode,” said Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot, recalling the company’s enthusiasm for NFTs in the past month.
Meanwhile, some gamers saw gaming companies’ entry into the NFT market as a money grab. There were also environmental issues with the proof-of-work mining process used to mine them. However, most of these issues can now be ignored because Ethereum, which is the blockchain that facilitates the minting of most NFTs today, recently ditched its PoW mechanism in favor of proof-of-stake.
In relevant news, NFT sales have declined along with the overall crypto bear market in 2022. NFT sales on OpenSea, the world’s largest market, are down 99 percent in recent months from their record high of $400 million. at the beginning of this year.
The writer is the founder of yMedia. He ventured into crypto in 2013 and is an ETH maximalist. Twitter: @bhardwajshash
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