Ubisoft has announced that it will be selling NFTs through its new Ubisoft Quartz platform. Starting with Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, Ubisoft will begin selling collectible NFT items that can be resold to other players on the Quartz platform. The company joins a strikingly large number of companies venturing into the cryptocurrency-backed scheme.
Introducing Ubisoft Quartz
We’re bringing the first low-power NFTs playable in a AAA game to Ghost Recon: Breakpoint!
— Ubisoft (@Ubisoft) December 7, 2021
From December 9, 2021, Ubisoft will begin beta testing the Quartz platform, giving away three cosmetic items in the process. According to the official announcement trailer, each NFT item – called “Digits” for some reason – will come with an engraved serial number that makes the item “unique”. The serial number is also visible to other players in the game, in case you want to let people know that you bought an NFT. In addition, the NFT platform will only be available for certain countries. These are the US, Canada, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Australia and Brazil.
Users are quick to point out that Ubisoft’s Quartz NFT scheme no value added to the actual gaming experience. While the ability to trade cosmetic items with other players seems to be the main selling point, it’s also the most worrying thing about this new platform. As Valve saw with the explosion of the Counter Strike: Global Offensive skin market in the mid-2010s, the exchange of cosmetic items for real currency can be abused money laundering. It also doesn’t help that Ubisoft allows the exchange of ciphers on other “authorized” third-party platforms.
In addition, Ubisoft also claims that Digits are “energy-efficient” NFTs, but there is an easier solution: just sell cosmetic items without NFTs.
You know, like any other video game company?