Ubisoft dominated some game industry headlines for the past week after it announced it would add Ghost Recon Breakpoint to NFTs.
Ubisoft Quartz is a new platform for gamers to purchase “Digits”, which are NFTs launched in beta with Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint, each made up of a fixed number of cosmetic items and Coming to market in certain areas such as NA, Spain, France and more. but not Great Britain.
An NFT, or non-fungible token, is a unique digital asset (usually an image or digital work of art) that is stored on a blockchain. NFTs can usually be bought and owned and resold.
The publisher’s first press release mentioned “playable and energy-efficient NFTs in Triple-A” Games‘, and Esports News UK was curious as to whether Rainbow Six Siege and other Ubisoft titles might receive NFTs in the future.
We reached out to Ubisoft about this and heard about it.
“We are still in our exploration phase and are focusing our efforts on rolling out Ubisoft Quartz with Ghost Recon Breakpoint to advance blockchain implementation for an AAA game further than any other platform for an AAA game,” said a Ubisoft representative Spokesperson for Esports News UK.
“There are currently no plans to implement Ubisoft Quartz in other games.”
While that is the plan for now, it could of course change in the future.
Ubisoft describes this as a “large-scale experiment” using Tezos, a blockchain that runs on a “proof-of-stake consensus mechanism” and uses significantly less energy to operate than proof-of-work blockchains such as Bitcoin or Ethereum .
Players must reach XP level 5 in Breakpoint and be at least 18 years old to access the NFTs.
The general reaction to Ubisoft’s NFTs has been mostly mixed to negative.
It has been reported that players will need to spend 600 hours of PC game time to unlock the NFT “Wolf Enhanced Helm A” (250 of which are available) in Ghost Recon Breakpoint. And a report by Kotaku claims that Ubisoft developers don’t understand the company’s move to NFTs.
In other breaking NFT news on video games / esports, ESL has presented an NFT fashion drop with CSGO partner teams and LDN UTD launches the NFT collection supported by the Rio Ferdinand Foundation.
Earlier this year, Semper Fortis Esports switched to Hearthstone and the NFT game Axie Infinity and launched a new play-to-earn division, and Fnatic announced a new crypto partner and jersey sponsor with a multi-year deal worth more than £ 10m at, with NFTs on the way.
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University in 2007 with a 2: 1 degree in multi-media journalism.
A longtime gamer who first picked up the NES controller in the late 1980s, he has written for a number of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV, Riot Games and others. He worked as Head of Content for the British Esports Association until February 2021 before returning to Esports News UK full-time as an esports consultant helping brands and companies better understand the industry.