The hit game Minecraft will block the use of NFTs and blockchain technology on its servers.
Microsoft’s game will also ban the creation of NFT projects based on its assets.
Minecraft is one of the most popular games in the worldand publisher Microsoft’s sandbox-style affair has only grown since its initial launch in 2009. But developer Mojang doesn’t want to see its bulk hit used in conjunction with NFT projects, and notified the public that Minecraft would soon ban the use of the technology.
The Microsoft-owned studio today shared a news article regarding upcoming changes to its Minecraft usage guidelines, and they all relate to NFTs. Minecraft will soon be banned block chain tech on game servers, which are independently managed by fans and creators, and it will also ban the use of Minecraft images to create NFT projects.
“To ensure Minecraft players have a safe and inclusive experience, blockchain technologies are not permitted to be integrated into our client and server applications, and Minecraft game content such as worlds, skins, personality or other mods cannot be used by blockchain technology to create a rare digital asset,” the post read.
Mojang currently allows Minecraft server operators to charge money to access their personalized online experiences, but the studio considers NFTs to be against “the spirit of Minecraft.” This is due to NFT rarity patterns, according to the studio, which may limit players’ ability to access features on certain servers.
“The speculative pricing and investment mentality around NFTs distracts attention from the game and encourages profit making, which we believe is incompatible with the long-term joy and success of our players,” adds the message.
Mojang noted that some independent Minecraft servers allow the use of NFTs that represent in-game items or offer NFT rewards to players. Additionally, there are projects that have turned Minecraft assets into NFT collectibles, such as the Polygon based NFT worldswhich sells virtual land that can be used on a custom Minecraft server.
According to data from CryptoSlam, NFT Worlds has generated nearly $163 million in NFT trading volume to date. In a tweet todayNFT Worlds co-founder ArkDev noted that the team is trying to figure out how to proceed in the wake of Minecraft’s impending rules change.
“We are working to determine to what extent this [affect] us and also have potential worst-case pivots planned that allow us to continue,” he wrote. “We’re not leaving.”
What the hell @Minecraft ? The reasoning behind the ad is the dumbest and most old-school I’ve ever seen.
On the NFT Worlds Discord server, the team noted past interactions with Minecraft developers and suggested a “pivot” for the project was a possibility.
“We are as blind as you are,” the post read. “We’ve spoken with Minecraft’s IP department a number of times in the past. They never made it clear that anything we were doing was going to be regulated/restricted (other than the existing EULA elements, which we adhered to during the entire project, such as our stance on in-game advertising/IP).”
“I know this is of extreme concern in the community, and it is for us as well,” the NFT Worlds post continues. “But we are currently [considering] all options, and will do our best to find another option in the future, even if it is a pivot.”
Minecraft has banned NFTs.
This is a great sign of adoption. Just as banning books makes them more popular, the Web2 backlash against NFTs will set the stage for viral growth. https://t.co/2bkb7PznOF
Notable figures from the crypto industry commented on the news. Chris Dixon, general partner of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, tweeted“Good reminder of why you shouldn’t rely on company-owned companies (Web2) networks. They change the rules on developers on a whim.”
An NFT is a blockchain token which represents the property of an element. They are often used for digital goods such as artwork, profile pictures, collectibles, and video game items. The NFT market has grown significantly over the course of 2021, eventually generating $25 billion in transaction volume.
Although the Minecraft team currently has no intention of integrating blockchain technology, Mojang wrote that it may reconsider its position in the future.
“We will also pay close attention to how blockchain technology evolves over time to ensure the above principles are retained and whether this will enable more secure experiences or other practical and inclusive applications in games. “, notes the post.
No timeline has been set for the impending NFT-related rule change. In April, a number of Mojang developers independently started a petition ask game creators to pledge not to use NFTs. The petition didn’t gain much traction though: there were only 72 signatories in the first week, and only 430 in total as of July 11, by the website.
Interestingly, Microsoft actually has released official NFTs related to Minecraft. In February 2021, just as the NFT market was starting to heat up, the company partnered with blockchain gaming company Enjin to provide free NFTs as part of a tie-in with International Day of Women and Girls. in science. These NFTs could be used on Enjin’s MyMetaverse server for Minecraft.
It’s currently unclear whether Microsoft will still allow Enjin’s plugin, which allows servers to enable NFT-based stuff, to work after the rule change. Decrypt contacted representatives of Microsoft’s Xbox division for comment, but did not immediately respond.
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