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PlatinumGames Says NFTs Have 'No Positive Impact'

PlatinumGames leadership isn't very enthusiastic about NFTs.
PlatinumGames leadership isn't very enthusiastic about NFTs. / Photo courtesy of PlatinumGames

Bayonetta studio PlatinumGames has taken a strong stance against non-fungible tokens (NFTs), saying the studio has no interest in the technology, and see it as devoid of merit.

In a recent interview with VGC, PlatinumGames CEO Atsushi Inaba and Bayonetta creator Hideki Kamiya held little back in their evaluations of NFTs.

"I understand it's a hot topic right now, and it's really starting to gain momentum, but the way that it's gained momentum has been focused on profitability for the company, but with no positive impact on the creators or the users in any sense," Inaba said. "So that's frustrating to see happening."

Inaba said most NFT promoters are only doing so because they see an opportunity for profit, rather than because it's good for creators or users.

"If I want to spend my time on something, I want it to benefit making good games."

But Inaba left open the possibility of NFTs becoming more important over time.

"As content gets more and more digital, I do think that NFT as a concept will gain more importance, but I think that the early adopters are just seeing it as a way to profit as much as possible. That's not something I'm interested in being part of, to be honest."

Kamiya, on the other hand, bluntly rejected NFTs.

"I have zero interest in this subject," he said.

"It doesn't have any benefit for users at the moment. In the future, if it's expanded in a way that has a positive side for users, then maybe I'll start to be interested in what they do with it. But I'm not seeing that at the moment."

Kamiya also made light of Konami's decision to invest in NFTs, saying it didn't surprise him to see the company chasing this latest trend.

"If it smells like money, Konami's going to be there in a heartbeat!" he said.