Blizzard President Mike Ybarra Shuts Down NFT Rumours! Says The Company Is not Exploring NFTs

Mike Ybarra, the president of Blizzard Entertainment dismissed any rumors suggesting that the game publisher is jumping into the NFT Space with play-to-earn games.

Play-to-earn games are basically video games that reward crypto players with NFTs, which later also be used for trading purposes.

Blizzard Company NFT Survey

This news comes days after media reports revealed a survey by Blizzard in collaboration with data analytics firm YouGov. The survey was done to analyze the company’s player base’s interest in the cryptocurrency domain. However, one section of the survey asked players if they had an interest in play-to-earn cryptocurrency games and NFTs.

Blizzard President Clarification

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Responding to the rumors, Ybarra on Twitter mentions that, No one is doing NFTs. His response had different types of reactions. Many of the Twitter users thanked him for not going down the route of play-to-earn NFT games. While others questioned his response. They asked, why the survey was made in the first place if the company had no interest in doing NFT games at all.

Recently several game publishers have announced their plan to launch NFT-based games. In February, Nintendo expressed its interest in the potential of metaverse and NFTs to introduce blockchain technology into their video games. David Gibson, senior analyst at MST Financial posted a session he had with Nintendo. He mentions some details in a tweet, saying that Nintendo has confirmed that they do share an interest in this area, but they are not currently working on anything present.

You might find this interesting, Sega Plans for SuperGames NFT Project

Ubisoft Backlash

Last year in December 2021, Ubisoft, the gaming company announced a new platform known as Ubisoft Quartz. The first launch of the game was in the PC version of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint. It also offered unique items on offer as NFTs.  Those NFTs were called Digits. Digits portray unique, collectibles such as in-game vehicles, weapons, and pieces of equipment. Although, the company faced massive backlash from its users with its implementation of NFTs.

In other news, Blizzard is scheduled to display a Warcraft mobile game next month. Additionally, the company is also ready to disclose the next World of Warcraft expansion soon.


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