Mojang bans all Blockchain technology (and NFTs) from Minecraft

Mojang bans all Blockchain technology (and NFTs) from Minecraft

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While the whole NFT thing seems to be merciful at the refuses, there are still companies out there—as Square Enix– trying to justify partnering with technology that exists exclusively as a huge scam. Mojang is clearly not one of them.

In a long statement published it Minecraft sin the websiteThe team goes into detail and explains both why they have not embraced the technology to date, and why they have taken the steps to ban any implementation of anything blockchain-related in Minecraft.

Although we include a brief warning that says, hey, if blockchain can ever prove that it’s anything but a great torment, then maybe we’re looking at it, the bulk of the post attacks the technology for their promotion of “digital ownership based on scarcity and exclusion that does not match Minecraft values ​​for creative inclusion and playing together ».

It also describes why blockchain technology and NFTs have been banned throughout the game, saying: “To ensure that Minecraft players have a secure and inclusive experience, blockchain technologies are not allowed to integrate into our client and server applications, and Minecraft can either In-game content such as worlds, skins, persona elements, or other mods are not used by blockchain technology to create a scarce digital resource. “

You can read the full policy below (their emphasis, not mine).

OUR POLICY FOR NFTS AND MINECRAFT

In our guidelines for using Minecraft, we outline how a server owner can charge for access, and that all players should have access to the same functionality. We have these rules to ensure that Minecraft remains a community where everyone has access to the same content. However, NFTs can create models of scarcity and exclusion that conflict with our policies and the Minecraft spirit.

To ensure that Minecraft players have a safe and inclusive experience, blockchain technologies are not allowed to be integrated into our client and server applications, and Minecraft content in the game such as worlds, skins, persona elements or other mods can not be used by blockchain technology to create a scarce digital resource. Our reasons follow.

Some companies have recently launched NFT implementations associated with Minecraft world files and skin packs. Other examples of how NFTs and blockchain can be used with Minecraft include creating Minecraft collectible NFTs, letting players earn NFTs through activities performed on a server, or earning Minecraft NFT rewards for out-of-game activities.

Each of these uses of NFTs and other blockchain technologies creates digital ownership based on scarcity and exclusion, which is inconsistent with the Minecraft values ​​of creative inclusion and playing together. NFTs do not include our entire society and create a scenario of those who have and those who do not. The speculative price and investment mentality around NFTs removes the focus from playing the game and encourages profit, which we believe is inconsistent with the long-term joy and success of our players.

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 completely dependent on blockchain technology and may require an asset manager who may disappear without notice. There have also been cases where NFTs were sold at artificially or fraudulently inflated prices. We recognize that creation in our game has an intrinsic value, and we strive to offer a marketplace where these 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 into our Minecraft client and server applications, nor can they be used to create NFTs associated with game content, including worlds, skins, persona elements, or other mods. We will also closely monitor how blockchain technology develops over time to ensure that the above principles are maintained and determine whether it will allow safer experiences or other practical and inclusive applications in games. However, we have no plans to implement blockchain technology in Minecraft right now.

We hope to have more to share with you soon. In the meantime, if you’re interested in reading about our guidelines, you can find them here. Watch!

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