FIFA 23 With NFTs? What EA's CEO Has To Say About It

After EA CEO Andrew Wilson spoke of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and blockchain as the "future of the gaming industry" in November 2021, there are now new developments. Will NFTs play a role in FIFA 23?
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Yes, at EA, the plans were halfway ready to jump on the train of NFTs and blockchain. The (allegedly) new FIFA competitor GOALS will back that very horse. Blockchain, secondary market and Web3 are the buzzwords.

Let's roll the story out. First, EA boss Andrew Wilson announced that "collectibles continue to be an important part of our industry and the games we offer our audience." Makes sense, anyone who took one look at FIFA Ultimate Team knows that the system is based on "collect and exchange" in a way. It already worked with stickers when we were young and now the hunt for the best and most valuable players is the special attraction in FUT.

But then, they backtracked a bit and said: “It remains to be seen whether this is part of NFTs and blockchain. At the moment it is not something that we are pursuing vigorously.” Sorry, but sounds like something is being worked on in the background... Are we seeing NFTs in the new FIFA 23?

NFTs And Blockchain In FIFA – What Does This Mean?

If you're now asking yourself: Wait, what? NFT...? What the heck are you talking about, and how is that supposed to work in FUT? Don't worry: we break it down for you. First of all, simply put, NFTs are tokens for unique digital objects, such as video game objects, music objects or video objects (digital works of art, basically).

What makes an NFT special is its uniqueness and rarity, its quality and what is essential: its authenticity.
Only an original is really worth something. And NFT value comes from ownership and ownership rights. You don't get an image or video of the item, but a URL to the file's location.

How Would NFTs Work In FIFA Ultimate Team?

There can also be several NFT pieces of one product, video, thingy. The owners share the valuable object. Or to put it another way: A non-digital fungible token would be, for example, a coin that can be replaced by another coin at any time. The actual value stands behind the object – a 2 pound coin does not cost exactly 2 pounds to produce and depending on the minting, a "simple coin" can also be worth significantly more than it actually would be.

Does it really sound completely unrealistic to you that we will no longer pack cards in FUT in the (distant) future – but buy NFTs from Superstars instead?
Depending on how much money EA could make from it... they will definitely pursue this vigorously.

Well... we're curious. All the FUT criticism shouldn't get any quieter in the future.