22 November, 2022
Minecraft has taken a firm stand against NFTs and other blockchain technologies, even though some developers are open to the controversial use digital tokens.
This post was in response to community members' feedback asking for clarification and transparency on where Mojang Studios stands on the topic.
“While we are updating our Minecraft Usage Guides to provide more detailed guidance on new technologies,” the post states. Steam recently banned blockchain games and cryptocurrency-emitting games.
Some creators use blockchain technology for selling things like worlds and skins. But the Minecraft folks want their community to be a place where everyone has the same content. They believe NFTs can create models of scarcity that conflict with our Guidelines.
They add that “to ensure players have an inclusive and safe experience, blockchain technologies aren't permitted to be integrated into our client and server apps, nor can Minecraft in-game content like worlds, skins, or persona items be used by blockchain technology to create scarce digital assets.”
Mojang says that the decision was made partly because NFTs (and blockchain) do not align with Minecraft's values, “creating a scenario where the haves and have-nots.”
Mojang Studios wants to be there for their community. They recognize that NFTs can be unreliable and could end up costing players who purchase them.
Their position comes at a moment when some developers have signed anti-NFT promises while others who have embraced this technology have been called out to be money-grabbing. Some, such as Team17, have even made NFT projects public, only to be ended by outrage from their communities.