If you’ve been following the news about video games for the past week, then you seem to already know about the talk about the replacement of the president of Square Enix which will take place at the next shareholders’ meeting. The current president – Yosuke Matsuda will be replaced by Takashi Kiryu who has only joined Square Enix since 2020. Square Enix himself did not give clear reasons behind this replacement, but speculation certainly led to the various failures that Square Enix had to record since Matsuda’s leadership, from Marvel’s Avengers, FORSPOKEN, to Babylon’s Fall which of course tarnished the Japanese company’s financial records. But what’s up with the ambitions on blockchain and NFTs?
As we know, despite the growing unpopularity of these two words, Matsuda as president of Square Enix continues to push policies related to blockchain and NFT for Square Enix. Then, what about the new president – Kiryu? Many gamers hope that this new leadership will change the policies and interests 180 degrees, preventing Square Enix from the “disaster” that seems clearly in sight. If you are the same gamer, you are likely to be disappointed.
The new candidate for president of Square Enix – Kiryu was a GM at a company that focused on NFT and Metaverse.
What’s the article? Before joining Square Enix, Takashi Kiryu was General Manager for a Japanese technology company called Dentsu Innovation Initiative. Dentsu is a company that handles “future” businesses that have carried out various investment processes in blockchain technology, NFT, and also the metaverse in the past. Instead of being anti, Kiryu actually looks like a presidential candidate who will continue to push this concept further within Square Enix itself.
But of course this cannot be confirmed until we see Kiryu’s active role as president of Square Enix in the future, which must go through the shareholder approval process in June 2023. Will the figure of Kiryu be the hope or nightmare of gamers who love Square Enix products? Let’s wait.
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