What's particularly notable is that the word “metaverse” appears in the first paragraph of the news release:
“This acquisition will accelerate the growth in Microsoft's gaming business across mobile, PC, console and cloud and will provide building blocks for the metaverse.”
More from the press release:
“Gaming is the most dynamic and exciting category in entertainment across all platforms today and will play a key role in the development of metaverse platforms,” said Satya Nadella, chairman and CEO, Microsoft. “We're investing deeply in world-class content, community and the cloud to usher in a new era of gaming that puts players and creators first and makes gaming safe, inclusive and accessible to all.”
It's unlikely that NFTs would be immediately implemented into games like World of Warcraft or Call of Duty, since it would be too much of a shock to the existing framework.
However, planning new games or spin-offs from these franchises could be a good way to test NFT games in a metaverse play. XBOX Game Pass could also be a way to deploy NFTs or games that are part of a future “metaverse” that they have planned.
Enjin's lead on NFT gaming is quite large, recently winning a parachain slot on Polkadot. Their NFT mobile wallet has already functioned as an “in-game inventory” for games built using the Enjin platform.
Enjin Beam can immediately allow players to scan a QR code on screen to acquire an NFT with ease, using Jumpnet.
Microsoft has been involved with Enjin for over two years!
Check out a list of all the Enjin games here.