- CCP Games raised $40 million to make a AAA title.
- High-profile investors a16z, Nexon, and more participated in the financing round.
- Crypto Twitter and gamers are not impressed with the announcement.
However, gamers are growing skeptical about what these developments offer despite the increasing institutional interest. Terms like “Web3” and “blockchain” are becoming gimmicks to attract investment, and users are looking for substance beyond the hype.
This is evident in the recent muted response to CCP Games’ latest $40 million investment from top venture capitalists.
Using Web3 for Investments
On March 21, MMO developer CCP Games raised $40 million in a funding round led by venture capitalist Andreessen Horowitz (a16z). The game studio stated that it would use the capital to scale its research-and-development team to create a new Web3 MMO game set within the universe of its hit title, EVE Online.
The developer shared that its upcoming project would feature key game systems on-chain and leverage smart contracts to “empower players in new ways” with “truly open third-party development.”
However, that wasn’t enough to pique gamers’ interest.
CCP Games’ announcement struggled to hit it off with gamers. Many weren’t keen on a popular traditional gaming company integrating blockchain technology. Users on Twitter shared their concerns, claiming that the new title does not offer anything new.
Some bluntly expressed the view that being “Web3” doesn’t make a game fun. The proposed benefits from the technology, such as Play-to-Earn, digital assets, and more, are already possible with Web2 technology.
Several fans noted that players have been exchanging game items and creating content on traditional gaming platforms for a long time.
What do Gamers Want?
Much of the criticism can be attributed to CCP Games’ marketing, which focused more on highlighting their blockchain integration than what the game would offer.
“Web3”, “Play-to-Earn,” “Blockchain,” “Value Exchange,” “True Ownership,” and similar terminology is not resonating with much of the gaming public. Marketing for blockchain games tends to emphasize these terms over the actual concept of the game. This leads to companies struggling to comprehend what gamers want.
On the Flipside
- Silicon Valley Bank provides banking services to venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z). The bank recently went through a chaotic series of events.
Why You Should Care
Traditional gaming companies incorporating blockchain technology often gain hype among investors; however, they’re not as effective with customers. Top gaming studios are blurring the lines between investment vehicles and fun when they migrate to Web3, misinterpreting what gamers need.
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