On the Daily menu this beautiful Thursday in May: the collapse of the NFT market, bad results for Activision-Blizzard and a game The Mandalorian in preparation. Kathimerini, let’s go!
The NFT market is collapsing and not a little!
NFTs are pretty trendy right now, but maybe not for long! As a reminder, NFT means Non-exchangeable badge, Which can be translated into French as Jetons Non Fongibles. Basically, these are digital titles that prove the authenticity of the content, including the virtual one. The very idea is based on blockchain technology, enabling the security of NFT transactions in a very reliable way. Today, the market is not going very well. In September, for example, there were an average of 225,000 daily NFT sales. This week, it’s 19,000 a day, a drop of 92%. In further data, according to Google Trends, a trending tool, NFT searches have dropped by 80% since peaking in January. As a result, many NFT owners have a significant loss of value for their past investments. Good luck to Square Enis, which sold Eidos and Crystal Dynamics for $ 300 million in an effort to invest in NFT.
Bad results for Activision-Blizzard and Call of Duty
A severe blow to Activision Blizzard, having experienced a significant loss of turnover for the year 2021. We are going from 2.28 to 1.77 billion dollars. The reason ? The culprit is the mixed commercial reception of Call of Duty: Vanguard. According to them, the choice of World War II as a backdrop was wrong. Added to this is the lack of innovation in the game compared to what is expected and the loss of the number of active players from one year to the next. The company has only “more” 372 million players compared to 435 million in the same period in 2021, which represents a drop of almost 14%. But Vanguard is not the only culprit, as Warzone also records a loss of interest for players. This is why the next installments, Modern Warfare 2 and the corresponding Warzone 2 will have to work hard to make up the difference. Then build on the upcoming Blizzard releases to help with the upcoming expansion of World of Warcraft, Dragonflight and Overwatch 2. It remains to be seen whether the designs will work.
A game The Mandalorian in preparation?
Well, we’ll not hide it, the famous May 4th left us hungry, but Youtuber SkullziTV left us with a little more to eat. The guy specializes in research into the world of video games. The latter confirmed the remarks of Nick Backer, co-founder of XboxEra.com and known as one of the experts in the Microsoft universe. He mentioned last year that an MMO in the universe of the series The Mandalorian would be under development at Microsoft and that it would be Xbox exclusive. The project would have been commissioned by ZeniMax Online, responsible for The Elder Scolls Online. With this new announcement, Star Wars game lovers will have their work done, as seven Star Wars games are currently in the works. In the meantime, be aware that filming for Season 3 of The Mandalorian is over. We’re just waiting for the release date, which will be revealed during the Star Wars Celebration.
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