NFTs are the future, according to many companies in the technology industry and, of course, also in video games. But NOT for Mojang, NOT for Minecraft.
Several of the big publishers, like Ubisoft or Square Enix, have already talked about their plans to use NFTs in games, while other “NFT indies” are also presenting their projects as Web3 consoles.
But Mojang, the studio behind Minecraft, the most played game in history and the most influential of this decade, is completely closed to NFTs and blockchain technology, in a statement defending their position (and it is full of lapidary arguments against NFTs).
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Minecraft will not allow the blockchain to be integrated into its servers and NFTs with game content will be created
Seeking to answer the usual questions from the community about their opinion on non-fungible tokens, in particular for those Players or creators interested in creating, buying, or selling NFTs that use the Minecraft brand (such as skins or worlds), Mojang makes it clear that NFTs are not something they will support or allow.
“To ensure that Minecraft players have a safe and inclusive experience, players are not allowed to blockchain technologies are integrated into our server and client applications of Minecraft. “
They add a resounding closure to NFTs: “They cannot be used to create NFTs associated with any in-game content.including worlds, skins, personal items, or other modifications.”
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Mojang gives its reasons for rejecting NFTs. “They can create models of scarcity and exclusion that conflict with our guidelines and the spirit of Minecraft. (…) “NFTs do not include our entire community and create a scenario of rich and poor.”
They also mention the risks of speculation and fraud related to many NFT cases. “The speculative price and investment mindset around NFTs divert attention from the game and encourage speculationwhich we believe is incompatible with the long-term enjoyment and success of our players.”
To prevent cases of NFTs being sold at inflated prices, they note that “creation within our game has intrinsic value and we strive to provide a marketplace where those values can be recognized.”
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The rejection of NFTs by Minecraft, one of the most popular games in the world, is a setback that joins the one that PlayStation gave it this week, by openly rejecting the use of NFTs for some digital rewards of its new PlayStation Stars program.
According to a developer who gave a surprise talk on “why NFTs are a nightmare” at a Brazilian trade show, it’s very important oppose NFTs and not let these companies buy your relevance.