Mojang, a game developer under Microsoft, today updated the Minecraft usage guidelines to prohibit the use of blockchain technology, including NFTs. These technologies cannot be integrated into Minecraft client and server applications. Players can not also use them to purchase in-game content, including worlds, skins, character items, or other mods. The reasons behind the decision are manifold, but Mojang seems to be most concerned with items being sold at very high prices. Mojang is also concerned that NFTs will lead to a high scarcity of items and a culture of exclusion. He believes this goes against the very purpose of Minecraft.
At the moment, Mojang does not have any interest in allowing the use of blockchain technology. However, it will continue to focus on the field and possibly implement some more inclusive applications of the technology. For users who want to sell in-game items, the company said it will “strive to provide a relevant marketplace” and have its value recognized.
Microsoft Minecraft moves away from blockchain tech
Mojang is not the first tech company to move away from blockchain, NFTs and cryptocurrencies. Web browser developer, Vivaldi has also stated that it will not use any of these blockchain technologies in its products. Brave and Opera, on the other hand, have started to include blockchain technology in browsers to varying degrees.
Regarding NFTs, below is an excerpt of the Microsoft Minecraft statement
“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 are instances where NFTs sell at artificially or fraudulently high prices. We recognize that creation inside our game has intrinsic value. Thus, we strive to provide a marketplace that recognizes those values”
To ensure that Microsoft Minecraft players are safe and the experience is good, Mojang is placing some restrictions. The company no longer permits the inclusion of blockchain technologies in Microsoft Minecraft client and server applications. Furthermore, developers can not create any NFT that has links to in-game content. This includes worlds, skins, persona items, or other mods.