Ubisoft partners with Aleph.im on blockchain games
Aleph.im has partnered with Ubisoft to bring playable nonfungible tokens (NFTs) to triple-A games such as Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon.
Aleph.im is a cross-blockchain decentralized storage and computing network, and it is providing decentralized storage for dynamic NFTs on Ubisoft’s new blockchain-powered platform Ubisoft Quartz. Aleph.im provides a distributed cloud platform with serverless trusted computing services, file storage, and database hosting to its users.
Players will be able to acquire dynamic NFTs called Digits on Quartz that will be used in Ubisoft’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint. For the first time in a mainstream video game, players will be able to claim playable NFTs that represent in-game assets such as weapons, equipment, and more.
These Digits are meant to be played in-game but they also enable players to put them on sale when they choose to on Rarible and Objkt for other eligible players to buy.
NFTs have taken off in 2021 as fashion designers, artists, and game companies have begun using them as new ways for monetizing things such as digital collectibles. But they have also gotten lot of pushback from gamers as well for a variety of reasons.
I asked Didier Genevois, blockchain technical director at Ubisoft, about the pushback.
“We have received a lot of feedback since the announcement, and we hear both the encouragement and the concerns,” Genevois said. “We understand where the sentiment towards the technology comes from, and we need to keep taking it into consideration every step of the way. This experiment is meant to understand how the value proposition of decentralization can be received and embraced by our players. ”
Genevois added, “We know it is a major change that will take time, but we will stay true to our three principles which are: use the tech responsibly: building a safe environment for players to get acquainted with these new possibilities; only leverage energy-efficient, proof-of-stake blockchains; and focus on meaningful value propositions for players that benefit their gaming experience.”
As the industry continues to boom, video game developers have become increasingly interested in blockchain gaming as a way to open up more possibilities for their players to engage with their favorite games.
Blockchain gaming with integrated NFTs enables players to own, and trade their own assets. It also enables game developers to generate more revenues for the same games.