JUL 11, 2023
LINE NEXT and Sega Join Hands to Develop Web3 Games with NFTs
LINE NEXT, the NFT business arm of Tokyo-based messaging app developer Line Corporation, has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Japanese game company Sega. This partnership will see LINE NEXT acquiring intellectual property (IP) licenses of Sega’s video game franchises for the purpose of jointly developing Web3 games.
Renowned for its iconic Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, Sega boasts studios in Japan and abroad. The Japanese game publisher produces games of various genres on different platforms, including arcade machines, desktop computers, and mobile phones. Sega has gained recognition for creating generational games for international users through innovative ideas and outstanding game development skills.
Web3 game popularization
Through this collaboration, LINE NEXT will introduce Sega-licensed games on its NFT-based gaming platform, GAME DOSI, with the aim of popularizing Web3 games. GAME DOSI will provide functionalities such as NFT creation, easy payment, and marketing. While the specific lineup of games and their details will be revealed at a later date, LINE NEXT CEO Ko Young-su expressed his belief that this MOU with Sega will bring new elements of joy to global gamers, emphasizing that the NFT company is dedicated to delivering readily enjoyable Web3 content not only to Sega fans but to everyone through GAME DOSI.
Launched in May, GAME DOSI focuses on user-oriented games with the slogan “Gamer First, Web3 Next.” The platform has recently unveiled several new games, including Sweet Monster Guardians (a village defense game); Vestria the Last Order, also known as V.L.O, (a roguelite role-playing game); and KEROZ (a hack and slash game). Additionally, GAME DOSI is actively involved in Project GD, an initiative aimed at developing a diverse range of games based on its own intellectual properties.
LINE NEXT’s NFT endeavors
In its efforts to attract NFT enthusiasts, LINE NEXT has undertaken various projects. Last month, it introduced DOSI Land, a program that rewards users with the FINSCHIA token (FNSA). FNSA is currently listed on crypto exchanges Bithumb, Bittrex, Huobi, and Gate.io, according to crypto market data website CoinMarketCap.
Sega’s blockchain hesitancy
Meanwhile, it was reported earlier that Sega has been rethinking its involvement in blockchain gaming. Shuji Utsumi, the Co-Chief Operating Officer of Sega, recently stated in an interview with Bloomberg that the company intends to protect the value of its content by withholding from participating in third-party blockchain gaming projects. Utsumi expressed his belief in the importance of the fun element in games, while he described “play-to-earn” (P2E) blockchain games as “boring.” P2E games refer to those that enable players to earn tokens as rewards for completing specific tasks or winning battles against other players.