Minecraft creator Mojang takes a firm stance against NFTs
NFT's are 'inconsistent with the long-term joy and success of our players' - Mojang
Published: 21st July 2022 | Source: Minecraft |
NFTs are bad for Minecraft and gaming as a whole
Mojang, the developer behind Minecraft, has issued new rules that have effectively banned the use of NFTs and blockchain-based content from their game, pushing back against trends that the company believes are incompatible with the inclusivity of the Minecraft community.
NFTs are digital tokens that can be associated with digital assets, like images, GIFs, or other digital content. NFTs can be collectable items that are unique, a factor that can make certain NFTs appear to be valuable. Mojang believes that this can "create models of scarcity and exclusion that conflict with our Guidelines and the spirit of Minecraft."
Mojang's new Minecraft guidelines now confirm that blockchain technologies and NFTs are not "permitted to be integrated inside our client and server applications". Additionally, "Minecraft in-game content such as worlds, skins, persona items, or other mods" are not permitted to be used with Blockchain technology to create scarce digital assets (like NFTs).
NFT markets create artificial scarcity and excludes players by denying them access to specific content. Mojang states that NFTs in Minecraft creates a worked of "haves and have-nots", which is not what Minecraft was designed to be.
Some companies have recently launched NFT implementations that are associated with Minecraft world files and skin packs. Other examples of how NFTs and blockchain could be utilized with Minecraft include creating Minecraft collectible NFTs, allowing players to earn NFTs through activities performed on a server, or earning Minecraft NFT rewards for activities outside the game.
Each of these uses of NFTs and other blockchain technologies creates digital ownership based on scarcity and exclusion, which does not align with Minecraft values of creative inclusion and playing together. NFTs are not inclusive of all our community and create a scenario of the haves and the have-nots. The speculative pricing and investment mentality around NFTs takes the focus away from playing the game and encourages profiteering, which we think is inconsistent with the long-term joy and success of our players.
The world of NFTs is also a complex one, as the fact that NFTs rely on blockchain technology may require NFTs to have a form of "asset manager" that could "disappear without notice", leaving players without access to their items. NFTs also encourage profiteering, and takes away from the simple joys of playing Minecraft.
Mojang's actions against NFTs are designed to protect players and to protect Minecraft. Minecraft's focus will be Minecraft, not profit-focused NFT markets.
We are also concerned that some third-party NFTs may not be reliable and may end up costing players who buy them. Some third-party NFT implementations are also entirely dependent on blockchain technology and may require an asset manager who might disappear without notice. There have also been instances where NFTs were sold at artificially or fraudulently inflated prices. We recognize that creation inside 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 inside our Minecraft client and server applications nor may they be utilized to create NFTs associated with any in-game content, including worlds, skins, persona items, or other mods. We will also be paying close attention to how blockchain technology evolves over time to ensure that the above principles are withheld and determine whether it will allow for more secure experiences or other practical and inclusive applications in gaming. However, we have no plans of implementing blockchain technology into Minecraft right now.
NFTs have no place in Minecraft, and we hope that other developers will soon take a similar stance against NFTs. Exclusive digital items, artificial scarcity, and reckless profiteering should not be what gamers or developers focus on.