Minecraft is one of the most popular games in the world. So it’s no small thing when the #1 game on YouTube is not only telling its players that it doesn’t agree with NFTs and Blockchain, but is also taking action to ban the use of these technologies within its game.
Mojang, the company behind Minecraft, in a fairly extensive statement goes into detail about why it has not entered the NFT or blockchain business. In short, Mojang does not believe that either of these two technologies has any real application other than creating the feeling of ‘limited resources’, something that contradicts the philosophy of a game that is literally built on the foundations of ‘you can create what you create. and all the resources are in your hands.”
More importantly, Minecraft is taking action to prevent other people from integrating these technologies into their game. The sandbox is known for allowing people to integrate mods into their base game and create different experiences that range from simply modifying the appearance of how their world looks, to literally breaking established rules to create a different experience. But the line for Mojang is to somehow include NFT or Blockchain.
“To ensure that Minecraft players have a safe and inclusive experience, blockchain technologies are not allowed to be integrated within our client and server applications, nor is Minecraft game content such as worlds, skins, personal items or other modifications, is used by blockchain technology to create a scarce digital asset.
In this link you can read the original statement or below we leave you the translated version:
Our policy on NFTs in Minecraft
In our Minecraft Usage Guidelines, we describe how a server owner can charge for access and that all players must have access to the same features. We have these rules to ensure that Minecraft remains a community where everyone has access to the same content. However, NFTs can create patterns of scarcity and exclusion that conflict with our Guidelines and the spirit of Minecraft.
To ensure that Minecraft players have a safe and inclusive experience, blockchain technologies are not allowed to be integrated within our client and server applications, nor is Minecraft game content such as worlds, skins, items personal or other modifications, is used by blockchain technology to create a scarce digital asset. These are our reasons.
Some companies have recently released NFT implementations that are associated with Minecraft world files and skin packs. Other examples of how NFTs and blockchain can be used with Minecraft include the creation of Minecraft collectible NFTs, allowing players to earn NFTs through activities done on a server or earn Minecraft NFT rewards for activities outside of the game.
Each of these uses of NFTs and other blockchain technologies create digital ownership based on scarcity and exclusion, which does not align with Minecraft’s values of creative inclusion and co-play. NFTs do not include our entire community and create a rich-have-not scenario. The speculative pricing and investment mentality around NFTs draws attention away from the game and encourages speculation, which we believe is incompatible with the long-term joy and success of our players.
We are also concerned that some third-party NFTs are not trustworthy and will end up costing players who purchase them. Some third-party NFT implementations are also completely reliant on blockchain technology and may require an asset manager that could go away without notice. There have also been cases where NFTs were sold at artificially or fraudulently inflated prices. We recognize that creation within our game has intrinsic value, and we strive to provide a marketplace where those values can be recognized.
As such, to ensure that Minecraft players have a safe and inclusive experience, blockchain technologies are not permitted to be integrated within our Minecraft server and client applications nor may they be used to create NFTs associated with any in-game content. , including worlds, skins, personal items, or other modifications. We will also be paying close attention to how blockchain technology evolves over time to ensure the above principles hold and determine whether it will enable more secure experiences or other practical and inclusive applications in gaming. However, we have no plans to implement blockchain technology in Minecraft at this time.