CCP Games Says Blockchain and NFTs Are Not Ready for EVE Online

EVE Online creator CCP Games has decided against integrating blockchain and NFTs into its games, says NFT stands for “Not for Tranquility”.
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Quick take:

  • CCP Games has announced it is not pursuing blockchain integration with its EVE Online game.
  • The video game maker said blockchain technology is not ready for its games yet.
  • CCP left the door open for potential future P2E integration despite saying NFT stands for “Not for Tranquility”.

Online video game maker CCP Games is taking a cautious approach to NFTs in gaming based on its latest statement to its community. The EVE Online game creators announced Monday that it won’t be integrating blockchain into its gaming ecosystem in the foreseeable future. 

CCP Games said NFT stands for “Not for Tranquility”, amid the volatile nature of digital currencies. Tranquility (TQ) is a CCP server that powers the global EVE Online gaming ecosystem, with the exception of China.

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In a long statement sent to its massive online gaming community, CCP wrote: “Many of us at CCP have been following the new frontier that has been developing around blockchains and cryptocurrencies for the past few years. We’ve read your feedback and we also see what you see – blockchain tech has both a lot of untapped potential and a lot of work needed before being ready for EVE-scale games.”

CCP, which celebrates its 19th anniversary this year, is committed to building a gaming ecosystem that will last for eternity. “Our mission is to have the EVE Universe outlive us all: EVE Forever,” and strongly believes that one way of achieving this goal is to keep on exploring new technologies and possibilities.

As a result, the company has left the door open for potential blockchain and NFTs integration in the future.

The game developer said that while the team remains intrigued by the technology, “we have no plans to add blockchain technology into EVE Online’s global server Tranquility for the foreseeable future,” adding that the EVE IP will continue to push the boundaries of digital economies and virtual worlds outside of TQ.

The company plans to focus on building new opportunities on the strong foundation it created over the last two decades.

CCP Games’ statement regarding blockchain and NFTs echoes Plarium’s sentiment as reported in February. The global gaming juggernaut told NFTgators it has no plans of dipping its feet into the ‘exciting world’ of blockchain gaming

Several other mainstream game developers have also expressed caution toward play-to-earn blockchain games amid backlash from the gaming community. 

The few that have chosen to launch NFT games have done it separate from existing titles, an approach that could appeal to the likes of EVE Online developers in the future.

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