Mojang wants nothing to do with NFTs in Minecraft, but the studio is studying how the technology evolves.
Don’t expect to be able to buy any non-fungible token (NFT) so you can proudly display it on a server Minecraft in the near future. The Mojang studio is clearly against NFTs. “[Pour] to ensure that Minecraft players enjoy a safe and inclusive experience, blockchain technologies cannot be integrated into our Minecraft server and client applications and cannot be used to create NFTs associated with any game-related content, including including worlds, skins, character items or other mods”, explains the developer in a press release.
Mojang wants nothing to do with NFTs in Minecraft
Minecraft has a marketplace where people can sell their creations. Mojang clarifies that some companies have started to offer game-related NFTs. If this has indeed been possible, the studio has no connection with this kind of practice: “Each of these uses of NFTs or other blockchain technology create a digital property based on scarcity and exclusion, which goes against Minecraft’s values of inclusion and playing together. […] NFTs are not inclusive and create a have-not-have scenario.” For the studio, everyone should have access to the same features and content: “NFTs, however, can create scarcity and exclusion patterns that go against our guidelines and the spirit of Minecraft.”
Mojang also says it fears the highly speculative nature of NFTs. Given that Minecraft has millions of very young players, supporting NFTs wouldn’t be particularly welcome either. “The speculative pricing and investment mentality around NFTs secondary to the game itself and encourages profit making, which is totally inconsistent with the long-term joy and success of our players.”
but the studio is studying the evolution of technology
Between intense controversy, even aversion on the part of players to NFTs and the blockchain, a cryptocurrency market that continues to plunge and hacks that multiply, the Mojang studio and its parent company Microsoft are probably right not to not get into this niche. A decision that many other players in the video game industry have already taken. That being said, Mojang does not reject blockchain outright. The studio says it is monitoring developments in the technology to “determine whether it will enable more secure future experiences or other convenient and inclusive in-game applications.”