Mojang Studios, Minecraft’s creator, will be opening its doors on Wednesday said That it would not allow the integration nonfungible tokens or NFTs alongside blockchain technology as a whole in its popular nameake game. Mojang explained this decision in the following:
“NFTs, like all digital files, can be copied, moved, and even deleted. NFTs, blockchain and price speculation have been also associated with them. These digital ownerships of NFTs, and other blockchain technology, are based on scarcity or exclusion. This is not in line with Minecraft’s values for creative inclusion and playing together.
According to Mojang, “To ensure that Minecraft users have a safe, inclusive experience, blockchain technology is not allowed to be integrated into our client and server apps, nor can Minecraft in-game content like worlds, skins and persona items be used by blockchain technology to make a scarce digital resource.”
The company also condemned the “speculative pricing and investment mentality” surrounding NFTs. These are detrimental to long-term game enjoyment and encourage profiteering. Furthermore, it pointed to rug-pulls surrounding certain third-party NFT integrations as well as NFT wash trading, or fraudulent price manipulation to support the ban.
The new rules prohibit third-party Blockchain technologies from being integrated with Minecraft’s client and server apps. They cannot be used to create NFTs with in-game content such as worlds, skins or persona items. The changes will not have a major impact on most Minecraft gamers but it could have severe consequences for a few gamers who also make a profit from NFTs. Third-party NFT collection digitizing Minecraft assets could be violating these terms and could face legal consequences.
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