Minecraft says “No” to NFTs

Minecraft says "No" to NFTs
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A number of gamers wearing headphones and holding Xbox controllers sit in front of screens showing the Minecraft game.

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Mojang Studios, creators of the ever popular Minecrafttakes a page from the old US Anti-narcotics bookthough it seems, “Just Say No” works better for blockchain-based monetization schemes than it does for drugs.

A Microsoft studio wrote about it blog NFTs in Minecraft are “not something we would generally support or allow,” Wednesday said. The company has changed its position Minecraft User Guide specifying that blockchain technology is not allowed to be integrated into the Minecraft game client and cannot be used to make NFTs based on any in-game content, be it skins, items or even mods.

The developers wrote that blockchain technology’s sense of digital ownership is based on “scarcity and exclusion” and is “incompatible with Minecraft’s values ​​of creative inclusion and collaborative play.” They added that third-party NFTs can be costly to players who buy them because they depend on blockchain technology that “can disappear without warning.”

This actually happened. an NFT project called BlockverseIt allegedly defrauded $1.2 million of initial investors for the Minecraft universe.who bought the hose Block symbols in NFT from sites like OpenSea along with a cryptocurrency called $Diamond. The creators of the project suddenly took all the money invested and deleted the project’s website, Discord and Twitter account. If you don’t know, it’s popularly known as “carpeting”And this is very common in the cryptocurrency space.

The researchers left it open to potentially incorporating blockchain technology in the future, but added that “we currently have no plans to implement blockchain technology in Minecraft.”

It can be expected that projects already trying to integrate Minecraft into the blockchain are not exactly enthusiastic about the news. NFT Worlds was a blockchain-based company where users could buy NFTs of digital worlds – mostly those in Minecraft. it stung hard. The company posted a Discord message on its Twitter account saying that they are working on solutions “around the Minecraft EULA changes” and are even considering creating a Minecraft-like gaming platform.

Although the game is about 13 years old, 141 million active players still coming back to Minecraft every month, Statista numbers as of August 2021. One Interview with 2019 Helen Chiang, Minecraft studio head told Edge Magazine that the average age of Minecraft players is 24. However, the game is designed specifically for children, Chiang said. The ERSB rating is for players 10 years and older. Having an investment scheme that makes money for the client raises a lot of red flags and potential for abuse, especially when making children vulnerable. “We need to be really clear and simple about how we plan to monetize the game,” he reportedly told Edge.

Meanwhile, other games aimed at children, such as Roblox, have also bowed out monetization includes everything and in-game designed for children. Users are encouraged to spend Roblux on in-game items while visiting specially designed worlds to promote products. Again, the company behind the game updated community standards Last year, he took a vague aim at the potential use of NFTs in gaming. It said users are not allowed to use Roblox to offer payment to act as models for assets.

Devs also wrote: “Yyou may not use a third party’s services or products to sell directly or as a bundle: items in the experience, exclusive features or other enhancements to the experience.

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