Minecraft bans NFTs and blockchain, which ‘do not align’ with game ‘values’

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Whereas the whole NFT thing seems to be mercifully on tif he refuses, there are still businesses there—like Square Enix— trying to justify partnering with a technology that only exists as a huge scam. Mojang is clearly not one of them.

In a lengthy statement released on from Minecraft to placethe team explains in detail both why it has not embraced the technology to date and why it has taken steps to ban any implementation of anything blockchain-related in Minecraft.

While including a brief disclaimer saying, hey, if the blockchain can ever prove this to be anything other than a huge scam, then maybe we’ll look into it, most of the post attacks technologies for their promotion of “digital ownership based on scarcity and exclusion, which does not correspond to Minecraft values ​​of creative inclusion and playing together”.

He also explains why blockchain technology and NFTs have been banned throughout the game, saying, “To ensure Minecraft players have a safe and inclusive experience, blockchain technologies are not permitted to be integrated into our apps. client and server, nor Minecraft in-game content such as worlds, skins, personality items or other mods are used by blockchain technology to create a rare digital asset.

You can read the full policy below (their emphasis, not mine).

OUR POLICY ON NFTS AND MINECRAFT

In our Minecraft Usage Guidelines, we describe how a server owner can charge for access, and that all players should have access to the same functionality. We have these rules to ensure that Minecraft remains a community where everyone has access to the same content. NFTs, however, can create patterns of scarcity and exclusion that conflict with our guidelines and the spirit of Minecraft.

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, items personality or other mods cannot be used by blockchain technology to create a rare digital asset. Our reasons follow.

Some companies have recently launched NFT implementations associated with Minecraft world files and skin packs. Other examples of how NFTs and blockchain could be used with Minecraft include the creation of Minecraft collectible NFTs, allowing players to earn NFTs through activities performed on a server, or earn Minecraft NFT rewards for activities outside the game.

Each of these uses of NFTs and other blockchain technologies creates digital ownership based on scarcity and exclusion, which is inconsistent with Minecraft’s values ​​of creative inclusion and playing together. NFTs do not include our entire community and create a haves and have nots scenario. The speculative pricing and investing 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.

We are also concerned that some third-party NFTs are unreliable and may end up costing players who purchase them. Some third-party NFT implementations also rely entirely on blockchain technology and may require an asset manager which can disappear without notice. There have also been instances where NFTs have been sold at artificially or fraudulently inflated prices. We recognize that creation in our game has intrinsic value, and we strive to provide a marketplace where those values ​​can be recognized.

So, to ensure Minecraft players have a safe and inclusive experience, blockchain technologies are not permitted to be integrated into our Minecraft client and server applications, nor may they be used to create NFTs associated with any in-game content, including worlds, skins, personality items or items. other mods. We will also pay close attention to how blockchain technology evolves over time to ensure that the above principles are not adhered to and whether this will enable more secure experiences or other convenient and inclusive applications in games. However, we have no plans to implement blockchain technology in Minecraft at this time.

We hope to have more to share with you soon. In the meantime, if you want to read our guidelines, you can find them here. Stay tuned!

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