Epic boss Tim Sweeney has stated that the Epic Games platform will not ban the sale of NFT games on its Epic Store platform, citing that it is wrong to “interfere by forcing their views onto others”. The comment was made in response to Mojang, the developer behind Minecraft, claiming that they have no plans to support NFTs.
The announcement by the Minecraft developer was received incredibly well by fans and it seems that Sweeney was asked on Twitter if Epic would be taking the same viewpoint. Sweeney responded by stating that the Epic platform does not have any plans to ban NFT titles, although he didn’t state whether or not Epic will actively support NFTs either.
If you haven’t heard by now, NFTs are non-fungible tokens and are essentially unique non-interchangeable units of data stored on a decentralised system or blockchain. They act as a sort of digital receipt of paid assets that, in this case, would be digital assets of in-game artwork or items.
“Developers should be free to decide how to build their games. and you are free to decide whether to play them.
“I believe stores and operating system makers shouldn’t interfere by forcing their views onto others. We definitely won’t.”
Sweeney was also asked how Epic would then react to any form of hateful content being published on the platform through something like NFTs. The Epic boss replied that the company does hold some editorial guidelines but NFTs do not contravene these guidelines.
“A store could choose to make no such judgments and host anything that’s legal, or choose to draw the line at mainstream acceptable norms as we do, or accept only games that conform to the owner’s personal beliefs.”
Developers should be free to decide how to build their games, and you are free to decide whether to play them. I believe stores and operating system makers shouldn’t interfere by forcing their views onto others. We definitely won’t.
— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) July 21, 2022
NFTs have become a controversial topic in video games with majority of players and developers claiming that NFTs do not hold any place in video games. Despite this, Square Enix has stood by their decision to introduce NFTs into its games and will release Final Fantasy NFTs in 2023. NFT support from video game companies is intriguing seeing as how the market has catastrophically collapsed by 92% since its boom in 2021, and NFT sales plunging to a 12-month low with the recent cryptocurrency crash.