The studio behind PUBG will develop Solana blockchain games
Game maker Krafton will develop games on the Solana blockchain
Krafton and Solana Labs will work together to develop and market games, as well as to invest together.
Major video game makers are beginning to explore Web3’s gaming space, experimenting with NFT assets and cryptocurrency-based economies. Now another notable gaming studio with a popular franchise is making plans to develop blockchain-based games – in this case Solana.
Today, South Korean game publisher Krafton, Inc. has revealed a long-term agreement with Solana Labs, with plans to work together to develop and market blockchain and NFT-driven games running on the Solana network. The companies also plan to explore co-investment opportunities.
Krafton is the company behind PUBG: Battlegrounds (originally PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds), a popular multiplayer gaming franchise that spans multiple platforms. The game has registered more than one billion downloads for its iOS and Android mobile editions, along with more than 75 million combined downloads for its PC and console entries.
PUBG is the first battle piano game – 100 players fall into one online map and fight to be the last player or team. The original computer game – which was originally a first-class title – was released in 2017 and preceded the popular Fortnite game by Epic Games.
PUBG Mobile’s free game has reached an even wider global audience, and mobile analytics firm Sensor Tower announced in November 2021 that the game has generated more than $ 7 billion in revenue to date through in-game purchases. The studio also recently released a separate PUBG futuristic mobile title called New State Mobile.
Krafton has not yet announced whether it will bring PUBG or another franchise into the Web3 space or create a new IP for Solana’s NFT-powered blockchain games. While PUBG is Krafton’s most famous IP, the publisher also owns franchises such as Subnautica and Tera and publishes mobile games such as Golf King and Bowling King.
In February, Krafton unveiled other Web3 initiatives, including a $ 2.5 million investment in the online auction platform Seoul Auction Blue and a $ 4.1 million investment in subsidiary XBYBLUE. Krafton will work with Seoul Auction Blue and XBYBLUE to develop NFT-related projects.
Separately, Krafton announced a deal with Naver Z to build an “NFT and metauniverse platform .”