THE Pokémon Company has listed a job for someone with expertise in Web3 and the blockchain.
So far the company resisted the opportunity to capitalise on its popular franchise with blockchain games, but it looks like that might be changing.
A new job listing spotted on the careers board for The Pokémon Company has revealed that the company is looking for a new department director with experience in NFTs and blockchain technologies.
The job is in The Pokémon Company International’s office in Bellevue, Washington, in the United States, and the full title for the position is “Corporate Development Principal”.
Whoever ends up in the position will be in charge of advising the company’s executive team on its corporate strategy, and managing relations with internal and external companies.
Along with 12 years of experience, applicants are also asked to have “a deep knowledge and understanding of Web 3, including blockchain technologies and NFT, and/or metaverse”.
The listing also asks potential applicants to have a connection to networks of investors within the NFT and blockchain sector.
The job listing doesn’t specifically say that The Pokémon Company will be developing NFT games.
However, it does suggest that the company is at least interested in exploring the possibilities.
NFTs are a type of digital token that are stored on a blockchain, which is a web technology that stores a record of transactions across a number of devices.
While the technologies do offer security benefits in some applications, they’ve been frowned upon in the gaming scene for their impact on the environment and for being seen as doing very little.
A number of gaming companies have nonetheless launched or attempted to launch NFT games, such as Ubisoft and Square Enix, usually to anger and discontent from fans.
The Pokémon Company itself has previously taken a stand against NFTs, suing an Australian NFT game earlier this year for its use of Pokemon characters and creatures.
In the filing of the case, a lawyer for the company said: “The Pokémon Company and Nintendo had made a deliberate decision not to launch any Pokémon NFTs”.
Neither The Pokémon Company, nor its parent companies Nintendo, Game Freak, and Creatures, have announced any kind of NFT-related project at this stage.
Written by Oliver Brandt on behalf of GLHF.
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