French gaming company Ubisoft has announced its new Ubisoft Quartz platform, which puts the company in the market for non-fungible tokens (NFTs).
According to a statement, the project will be launched in the pilot phase on Thursday (9) from 15:00 in several countries, including Brazil.
On the platform, players will be able to get what the company called Digits, the first NFTs that can be played in AAA games (high-quality games made with big budgets). The first game to receive the news will be Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint for PC.
According to the company, Digits are “a new way to experience cosmetic items, combining the fun of playing with high-quality AAA products with the exclusivity of NFTs that are unique pieces from the Ubisoft worlds.” Tokens will also be in-game collectibles, such as vehicles, weapons, and equipment.
NFT technology has revolutionized the gaming market by embedding gamers within corporate-led businesses. If until recently users had to spend money in addition to the cost of the game to buy new items, now they are able to resell goals, transferring values within the platform with the potential to make a profit.
Ubisoft makes it clear that each Digit has its own serial number and is visible to other players, allowing its history to be traced. In addition, the assets will be blocked and will not be linked to the players inventory, and may be offered for sale to other players for purchase outside the company’s ecosystem.
“Our extensive and ongoing work has led us to understand how a decentralized approach to blockchain can truly make players a stakeholder in our games, so that this innovation is also sustainable for the industry, putting in the hands of players self-generated value,” said Nicholas Poire, Vice President of the Strategic Innovation Lab at Ubisoft. When they play, buy and create content online.
“Ubisoft Quartz is the first building block in our ambitious proposal to develop a true metaverse, and it would not be possible to do so without going through the initial in-game blockchain limitations, including scalability and power consumption,” he adds.
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Low power usage
Ubisoft also stated that the novelty has partnered with Tezos, a blockchain that operates through a Proof-of-Stake consensus algorithm, which uses much less power to operate than other blockchains, such as Bitcoin or Ethereum, based on a Proof of Work algorithm.
Energy efficiency is a key requirement to drive blockchain technologies into the future where they can be widely used by millions of people. We chose Tezos because of its unique Proof of Stake algorithm and leadership in clean NFTs,” said Didier Genevois, Blockchain Technical Director at Ubisoft.
“Any transaction on this network uses the same amount of power as a 30-second live stream on video, while previous generation blockchain networks can use the same power required for a year of uninterrupted streaming. A lower carbon footprint means that our developers and players They can prioritize innovation without fear of compromising sustainability.”
The beta phase begins Thursday at 3 p.m. and will be available in nine countries: the United States, Canada, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Australia and Brazil. The beta project will begin releasing three free numbers on December 9, 12 and 15, as a reward for players to join the project early.
At this start, Ubisoft Quartz will only be available to players who meet three criteria: Play Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint on Ubisoft Connect via PC; They have at least 5 XP level in the game; and over 18 years old. Also, the number of numbers a player can have in one version is limited to only one item.
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