While NFTs have been called everything from pointless to a scam, there are clearly people who like them. Moreover, there are some industries where NFTs are more appealing than others. For example, gaming ties into NFTs quite well, but not for Mojang Studios and Minecraft.
In a blog titled “Minecraft and NFTs,” the Microsoft-owned developer takes a firm stance against NFTs, saying “integrations of NFTs with Minecraft are generally not something we will support or allow.”
“To ensure that Minecraft players have a safe and inclusive experience, blockchain technologies are not permitted to be integrated inside our client and server applications, nor may Minecraft in-game content such as worlds, skins, persona items, or other mods, be utilized by blockchain technology to create a scarce digital asset,” Mojang says.
The company points out that implementing NFT content into Minecraft – including skin packs and world files – is something companies have been doing. Mojang says NFTs create an economy around the game that may not be fair for users, who may need to complete tasks outside the game to acquire NFTs.
Rallying Against NFTs
According to the developer, these practices go against the principles of Minecraft:
“NFTs are not inclusive of all our community and create a scenario of the haves and the have-nots,” the studio said. Mojang goes as far as saying that NFTs are “encouraging profiteering.”
Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are financial security blockchain data storage distributed ledgers. The blockchain records the ownership of the NFT and allows it to be transferred, sold, or traded. NFTs are controversial because some have sold for millions of dollars. While ownership of the single file (blockchain) is individual, there is nothing stopping other people from making/owning a copy.
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