The advert is clear enough. GameStop developers are wanted for a new NFT marketplace launch. One of the world’s largest video game retailers, the company is looking to fill no less than eight job listings. Simply put, it looks like the firm is preparing for a major step in the crypto direction.
Some role descriptions mention ‘Web3 gaming’. Specifically, these vacancies are for two head product owners. Elsewhere, advertisements are looking to bring in senior software engineers and three directors of product marketing for an “NFT platform”.
Perhaps most tellingly, posts use language that clearly links to the crypto world. This includes the need to “deeply understand what our gaming partners are trying to achieve and how NFTs can be a key business driver”. Details go on to say that those with NFT marketplace experience, and knowledge of Ethereum and Ethereum Layer 2 products are needed.
The Last Time GameStop Developers Were Wanted
Suffice to say, this may all sound familiar. That’s because back in the spring of this year GameStop developers were wanted for an Ethereum-based project. Crucially, this was the first real sign of the company’s determination to step into the crypto space. As such, smart money is now on a major announcement relating to the NFT and blockchain gaming scenes coming soon.
By comparison, Steam, Valve Corporation’s video game store — a key GameStop rival — has gone the other way. Although games with crypto elements are rapidly increasing in popularity, the platform has placed an outright ban on any title using cryptographic elements. However, Epic Games, another major video game platform, has since stated it welcomes such products.
What Can We Expect from the Gamestop Developers Wanted Advert?
At the moment it’s too early to make any firm guesses as to what Gamestop is planning. Nevertheless, there are clues. For example, we do know that there is an NFT marketplace being built of some kind. And we also understand that blockchain gaming factors into the company’s future.
Of course, this isn’t surprising. One look at user numbers for titles like ‘Axie Infinity‘ is enough to prove the demand for blockchain games right now. Meanwhile, video game giant Ubisoft’s deal with crypto game firm Animoca Brands is another sign this end of the gaming world is set to explode. As such, Steam’s ban is confusing. The party line states this decision is based on the fact NFTs have real-world value. Most assume that clashes with the sale of in-game add-ons. However, it’s hard not to see the move as shortsighted, given what we know about how quickly blockchain gaming is evolving, and its potential to change how we play forever.
Want to know more? Check out our guide on GameStop NFT Marketplace post-launch!