Ubisoft’s recent move to to its games might have been —like —but that isn’t stopping the publisher from making more moves in the crypto industry.
Today, the firm announced that it has entered into an agreement with The HBAR Foundation to support the growth of the network. Ubisoft will join the Hedera Governing Council and have a say in the future of the network, as well as operate a node as it explores Hedera’s distributed ledger technology.
Ubisoft will also implement a Hedera track into its , which sees the publisher work with an array of startups—primarily in the crypto and space—via resources and mentorship. Past participants include eventual gaming successes like and .
While Ubisoft’s entry into the Hedera ecosystem doesn’t have an immediate, tangible result in terms of a game or project, it’s worth noting that the publisher in April 2021. Eight months later, to release in-game items for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint as Tezos-based .
Didier Genevois, blockchain technical director at the Ubisoft Strategic Innovation Lab, told Decrypt that the publisher is “just starting our exploration” of the Hedera ecosystem. Still, he sees potential benefits for players as the Hedera network—which today launched its second-generation —evolves and expands.
“The Hedera network’s scalability, energy efficiency, and innovative consensus mechanism—coupled with a Governing Council made up of so many successful companies—could really open up opportunities for the gaming industry to start building games at scale with the proper use cases and in a safe and compliant environment,” said Genevois.
Hedera is a distributed network that uses a hashgraph consensus mechanism, which is different from a blockchain, to secure and maintain its network. Still, it employs a native cryptocurrency, HBAR, and is part of the larger ecosystem of decentralized technologies that some proponents believe will significantly impact the video game industry via true asset ownership, potential NFT interoperability, and more.
“At Ubisoft, we believe that distributed ledger technology holds a key to the future of gaming by opening new opportunities for players to become true stakeholders of our games,” Genevois said.
Ubisoft explored the blockchain space for years before announcing its Ubisoft Quartz in-game item platform with . It was the first traditional game publisher to experiment with NFT games and publicly support crypto industry startups and projects.
The publisher first in 2018, and later launched a , plus a in early 2021. Ubisoft also supported projects such as for , game, and the .
In October 2021, Ubisoft was announced as , an NFT game publisher and investor in metaverse startups. Ubisoft and Animoca plan to co-develop NFT game projects, as well. An NFT acts like a deed of ownership to a digital item, whether it’s artwork, video files, or an interactive object within a video game.
Now Hedera has joined Ubisoft’s long list of crypto industry endeavors. Alex Russman, The HBAR Foundation’s director of its Consumer Engagement Fund, pointed to the game publisher’s experience in the space as evidence of the impact it could bring as Hedera tries to make its platform a compelling choice for game developers.
“Ubisoft has established itself as a pioneer in distributed ledger technology gaming, and an industry leader in identifying innovative projects and startups,” Russman told Decrypt. “It is this strategic insight that The HBAR Foundation is now empowered to deploy in aid of enhancing the Hedera ecosystem.”
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