Minecraft developer, Mojang announced that using NFTs and blockchain technologies in their survival sandbox game and servers are officially banned.
In a post to their official Minecraft site, Mojang outlined that the move to update their guidelines on the issue is “to ensure that Minecraft players have a safe and inclusive experience.” The use of blockchain technology will not be permitted in Minecraft‘s client and server applications, which also include creating in-game content like worlds, skins, persona items, and other mods into a digital asset.
Minecraft is still good with any server owners charging other players to keep up the cost of running it as long as the price and mod access to all players stays the same, but it’s a different story when the buying, selling, and trading of NFTs are involved.
“NFTs are not inclusive of all our community and create a scenario of the haves and the have-nots. The speculative pricing and investment mentality around NFTs takes the focus away from playing the game and encourages profiteering, which we think is inconsistent with the long-term joy and success of our players,” Mojang said in the blog post.
“We are also concerned that some third-party NFTs may not be reliable and may end up costing players who buy them. Some third-party NFT implementations are also entirely dependent on blockchain technology and may require an asset manager who might disappear without notice. There have also been instances where NFTs were sold at artificially or fraudulently inflated prices.”
For the last while, NFTs have been a controversial topic specifically in the game industry with so many publishers trying to insert NFTs into just not their business but at times games. One of the first to add NFTs was Ubisoft with the PC version of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint, which reportedly didn’t go too well with its own developers. Since then, it’s been popping up every once in a while; recently Square Enix announced it’s selling a Final Fantasy VII Cloud figure with a ticket to an NFT on its own store.