Officially licensed NFT football game rated by the ESRB
Even though many gaming communities view NFTs with suspicion, it seems the technology and, in particular, its video game implementations, aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. In fact, the NFL The Players Association itself appears to have licensed a full-fledged NFT video game by the name of GTS Football.
GTS Football bills itself as “the only officially licensed NFLPA football game on the blockchain”, and it has now been officially rated by the ESRB, which has provided a brief description of how the game plays in practice. Since it is supported by such a large NFL organization as the NFLPA, GTS Football promises access to an extremely large roster of real-life superstars, all of which will be made into NFTs.
While NFT sales have plummeted, many companies are still interested in pursuing blockchain monetization. GTS Football, more specifically, is described as an arcade sports game where players compete against each other by scoring points. The ESRB also points out that the game offers in-game purchases, which is precisely where player NFTs come in.
Whereas Madden NFL 21 will host the NFL Pro Bowl this year as a virtual event, GTS Football seems to have more humble goals in mind at the moment. The main features of the game – as explained on the official website – focus on establishing a proper economy and getting the game to work first and foremost, although longer term plans include the launch of a season pass and GTS Football‘s on a “large PC showcase”.
Some established live service games have taken a tough stance against NFTs. EVE online won’t implement blockchain, for example, but GTS Football aims to kiss her. The game will be built from the ground up with blockchain in mind, and it is supposed to get a closed beta launch on PC in the second quarter of 2022. The team working on the game comes from major established studios, such as GLU, Konami , Ubisoft, and Zynga, which means the gameplay has to be up to snuff once it’s presented.
For football fans who aren’t particularly fond of NFT-enabled games, however, there are still some potentially interesting releases on the horizon. The VR game NFL Pro era has already been announced, and it’s also fully officially licensed by the NFL. Whereas professional era is currently an unknown quantity, it shows that the NFL isn’t putting all of its eggs in one non-fungible basket after all.
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Source: GTS Football