Minecraft Says No to NFTs and Blockchain, NFT Worlds Speaks Up
The blanket ban will see Mojang Studios prohibiting the use of NFTs and blockchain technologies on all Minecraft servers, applications, and in-game contents.
Minecraft is banning NFTs and blockchain soon. Why?
This just in. Minecraft has revealed in a blog post that it is banning NFTs and blockchain technologies on its platform soon. To be exact, the 3D sandbox game will not allow any blockchain technologies to be integrated into any Minecraft client or server applications. What's more, none of its in-game content such as worlds, skins, persona items, or other mods can be used to create NFTs.
According to Mojang Studios, the developer of Minecraft, blockchain-based NFTs are creating “scarcity and exclusion” in the ecosystem. For instance, certain companies launched Minecraft collectible NFTs and offered them to players who completed activities inside or outside of the game. This leads to a “scenario of the haves and the have-nots”, which “does not align with Minecraft's values of creative inclusion”.
In addition, there's always the price speculation mania when it comes to NFTs. Minecraft says this will “take the focus away from playing and enjoying the game” instead. On top of that, the company also expresses concerns about the credibility of 3rd party NFTs, which may be subject to rug pulls. Thus, to create a safe and inclusive experience for players, Minecraft decides to ban all things Web3 in its upcoming release.
NFT Worlds is reaching out to Minecraft for more clarity
Without a doubt, Mojang's latest announcement dropped like a bombshell, right into the hearts of the community of NFT Worlds. As one of the largest blockchain-based servers on Minecraft, NFT Worlds currently hosts more than 40 active NFT games on its platform.
ArkDev, the co-founder of NFT Worlds says the move by Minecraft “feels like a step backward in innovation”. Nonetheless, the team is getting in touch with Minecraft to understand the motivation behind such a ban. If worse comes to worst, NFT Worlds will either come up with its own Minecraft-like game engine or pivot to another GameFi platform in Web3.
As of writing, all game servers of NFT Worlds are still accessible on Minecraft. But looking at how things stand, it's probably better for NFT Worlds to move to a decentralized platform. Ultimately, Minecraft belongs to Microsoft, which is a highly centralized organization that sets its own rules all the time.