Minecraft creator rejects NFTs, citing lack of inclusivity
Minecraft is the best-selling game of all time, with lifetime sales of over 238 million units.
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Mojang, the developer behind Minecraft, is not a fan of non-fungible tokens.
The Microsoft-owned company said Wednesday that it won’t support NFTs in Minecraft because they “don’t include our entire community and create a haves and have-nots scenario.”
NFTs are tokens on the blockchain that aim to prove ownership of a unique digital item, whether it’s a piece of graphic art or a video game avatar. NFTs attracted huge inflows last year, with prizes for some reaching into the millions of dollars.
The tokens have come under intense scrutiny from regulators and the general public due to the speculative nature of people buying them hoping to make a quick profit, as well as concerns about the impact environment of the underlying blockchain technology.
In a blog post on Wednesday, Mojang said NFT do not correspond to Minecraft values and are therefore not allowed in the game.
“The speculative pricing and investment mentality around NFTs distracts attention from the game and encourages profit making, which we believe is incompatible with the long-term joy and success of our players,” said the society.
“To ensure Minecraft players have a safe and inclusive experience, blockchain technologies cannot be integrated into our Minecraft client and server applications or used to create NFTs associated with any game content,” the company said.
NFTs are a particularly controversial topic among gamers, who have pushed back against moves by Ubisoft and other publishers to integrate the technology into their games.
Acquired by Microsoft in 2014 for $2.5 billion, Minecraft is the best-selling game of all time, with lifetime sales of over 238 million units. The game’s success has been attributed to its focus on accessibility and being family-friendly.
Last month, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates called NFTs “100% based on a dumber theory”.