Minecraft bans NFT and blockchain technology within the game
Mojang Studios, a company integrated into Xbox Game Studios, has announced that it prohibits the use of NFT and blockchain technology within the Minecraft client. Minecraft is one of the best-selling games in history and its popularity has only grown over the years thanks to its open-world sandbox gameplay and a constant stream of updates with new content.
In a post on its official blog, Mojang Studios states that the use of NFT goes against the spirit of Minecraft and violates the terms and conditions (which are in the process of being updated). These same rules are the ones that allow server owners to charge for entry and also say that all players should have the same functionality available to them. The rules, terms and conditions exist to “ensure that Minecraft remains a community where everyone has access to the same content,” Mojang Studios says.
In the studio’s view, NFTs allow it to make scarcity a business model and exclusion. “To ensure that Minecraft players have a safe and inclusive experience, the integration of blockchain technologies within our Minecraft server and client applications is not allowed […],” Mojang Studios says. Nor can Minecraft content, such as worlds and skins, be used to create digital assets using blockchain technology.
Some companies have launched through collections or rewards NFTs associated with Minecraft files. Mojang Studios claims that NFTs are not inclusive of the entire community and create a scenario where some have and some don’t. In addition, the developer argues that NFTs divert attention away from the game and encourage speculation, which “we believe is incompatible with the long-term satisfaction and success of our players.” Mojang Studios recognizes that creations within Minecraft have value, which is why there is a marketplace where content such as skins and textures are shipped.
Minecraft has sold more than 200 million units and exceeds 131 million players per month. It is also by far the most popular game on YouTube. In 2020 it recorded 201 billion views, double the previous year. Second on the list is Roblox with less than half as many views.