Investors are warned of discretion in the hype over NFT employment in games

2021.11.25 15:12:12 | 2021.11.25 15:12:42

[Source: Samjong KPMG]이미지 확대

[Source: Samjong KPMG]

Non-fungible tokens (NFT) have become the buzz word for Korean game publishers due to its excitement on the stock market even as it is remains illegal in the country.

According to a finding by Samjong KPMG Economic Research Institute upon analyzing sessions at G-Star, the country’s largest game show held last week, nine game companies in Korea were readying to develop games based on NFTs and blockchain technology.

The list includes WeMade, the label behind global hit game Mir series. PearlAbyss has joined NFT Project DeFine, Netmarble has been developing blockchain and NFT games, NCSoft completed development of NFT technology, NHN is in the process of creating NFT games, Gamevil invested in CoinOne and released six blockchain-based games, Kakao Games acquired BORA coin developer and joined blockchain project Klaytn, Com2us established metaverse platform Com2Verse and Krafton is studying NFT for a virtual world.

[Source: Samjong KPMG]이미지 확대

[Source: Samjong KPMG]

NFTs are assets in the digital world that can be traded like properties but cannot be interchanged with other assets. It is used as certificates of ownership for assets, holding great potential for the game industry. The hype is so huge that game companies see their stock prices surge when they announce any plans related to the technology.

But KPMG warned that investors should be cautious because the technology is illegal in Korea.

“It is illegal for game companies to offer NFT-based game services in Korea due to their gambling nature and concerns are rising over the overheated NFT and blockchain market,” said the company in the report.

Companies should not use NFTs to draw market attention if they don’t have any detailed business plans, the report said, adding that they should first focus on attracting users by developing fun and attractive games.

By Jin Young-tae and Choi Mira

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