Microsoft’s very well-liked survival sandbox game, Minecraft, has put a red line across the usage of NFTs within and outside of it, effectively outlawing their use. In a blog post published last night, the creator of Minecraft, Mojang, outlined a clear stance against NFTs, claiming that they produce “models of scarcity and exclusion that contradict with our standards and the spirit of Minecraft.”
“Blockchain technologies are not permitted to be integrated inside our client and server applications to ensure that Minecraft players have a safe and inclusive experience, nor may Minecraft in-game content such as worlds, skins, persona items, or other mods be used by blockchain technology to create a scarce digital asset,” Mojang confirmed.
The document notes (and appears to be inspired by) the fact that some firms have already released NFT implementations “connected with Minecraft world files and skin packs.”
Mojang also said that it was aware of additional possible NFT applications, such as “developing Minecraft collectable NFTs, allowing players to earn NFTs through server activity, or receiving Minecraft NFT incentives for actions outside the game.”
All of this comes under the “scarcity and exclusion” label, which is undesirable, but it is unclear what actions Mojang will take to regulate this.
Mojang also expressed dissatisfaction with how “speculative pricing and investing mindset around NFTs pulls the attention away from enjoying the game and encourages profiteering,” and that NFTs built on malfunctioning blockchain technologies might just vanish, leaving owners with nothing.
Mojang ended in bold print with a simple ruling:
“Blockchain technologies may not be incorporated inside our Minecraft client and server programmes, nor may they be used to build NFTs connected with any in-game content, including worlds, skins, persona items, or other mods.”
The timing of this news, albeit unintentional, coincides with Square Enix’s announcement of a series of Final Fantasy NFTs as part of Final Fantasy 7’s 25th anniversary festivities. The reaction from fans has been overwhelmingly negative.
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