Sega Registered NFT Trademark: Ambiguity or Hypocrisy?
Sega can’t stop thinking about NFTs. The big gaming corporation, which created Sonic the Hedgehog as well as many other successful series, such as Crazy Taxi, Ecco the Dolphin, OutRun, Comix Zone, and so on, registered “Sega NFT” trademark in Japan. Japan Patent Office published it together with a new logo for Sega’s NFT project.
Curiously enough, just a week ago, bosses of Sega claimed they are not going to proceed with NFTs if they’re considered as simple money-making by the community. On the other hand, the patent was applied for in December of the previous year. Furthermore, having a trademark secures Sega from owning it by somebody else. Therefore, there is nothing hypocritical in this move.
Previously, the community stopped Sega with mass implementation of NFT collectibles. However, the idea still seems interesting for the company.
It’s important to notice that Sega has interesting relations with its fan base. After Sega Dreamcast console discontinuation in the early 2000s, the company lost the mass audience. However, it became a game publisher and developer, still keeping in touch with “true fans.” While the newest 3D Sonic games are receiving mixed reviews from the community, the company is used to listening to and supporting most dedicated fans. For example, the company officially released Sonic Mania, a 2D retro-influenced platformer, which started as just a fan project.
Most probably, the company is going to keep this approach: pleasing the fan base while trying to experiment. And it seems like a good and safe strategy so far.
Maybe, Sega will manage to prove that blockchain and NFTs can benefit games, not only exist like a money-making scheme.
Read the previous Sega’s statements on NFTs here:
Sega Has Chosen Its Side in the Discussions over NFT Play-to-Earn Gaming and Blockchain
Other big gaming studios on NFT and Blockchain:
Konami Releases Castlevania NFT Memorabilia to Celebrate Its 35th Anniversary
Square Enix’s President Declares Decentralized Gaming Is the Future
Ubisoft Continues to Stand its Ground Regarding NFTs
S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 Had to Feature NFTS and Blockchain, but the Devs Reconsidered the Decision After
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