Minecraft developer Mojang has taken a strong stance against NFTs (or non-fungible tokens), stating that it would rather focus on players having a “safe and inclusive experience” in the game. This also comes in light of several game developers, including Square Enix, doubling down on NFTs despite the NFT and cryptocurrency market reaching an all-time low recently.
In a new statement released by Mojang, the company firmly stated that it would not implement NFTs in Minecraft, feeling that it “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.”
Mojang’s statement on Minecraft and NFTs reads:
“We have these rules to ensure that Minecraft remains a community where everyone has access to the same content. NFTs, however, can create models of scarcity and exclusion that conflict with our Guidelines and the spirit of Minecraft.
To ensure that Minecraft players have a safe and inclusive experience, blockchain technologies are not permitted to be integrated inside our client and server applications, nor may Minecraft in-game content such as worlds, skins, persona items, or other mods, be utilized by blockchain technology to create a scarce digital asset.”
Minecraft might seem like an ideal game to implement NFTs, but it’s great to hear Mojang taking a stand against the technology and focusing on delivering long-term enjoyment for fans.
In related news, Square Enix recently announced Final Fantasy NFTs, showing the studio’s commitment to it after selling several of its Western studios – including Tomb Raider developer Crystal Dynamics and Deus Ex developer Eidos Montreal – to fund future blockchain investments. This move, of course, has been met with backlash and skepticism from the community who feel that NFTs have no place in video games, let alone Final Fantasy.
Minecraft is currently available on consoles, mobile and PC.