Here's Why Minecraft Says NFTs And Other Blockchain Technology 'Does Not Align With' Its Values
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Here's Why Minecraft Says NFTs And Other Blockchain Technology 'Does Not Align With' Its Values

Minecraft has made it clear that blockchain technology is not welcome.

Some Gamers Have An Advantage

In an official statement, Minecraft states non-fungible tokens (NFTs) do not reflect the company’s core value of being inclusive. Many users have utilized the unique cryptographic tokens to purchase worlds, skins, personal items, and other mods.

Other companies have launched NFT projects to create Minecraft world files and skin packs. The functionalities are giving some gamers a better experience than others, and the game was intended for all players to have equal access and opportunity.

“In our Minecraft Usage Guidelines, 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. NFTs, however, can create models of scarcity and exclusion that conflict with our Guidelines and the spirit of Minecraft,” Minecraft said in a statement.

Minecraft Flags Overpriced NFTs

Minecraft has seen various thirty-party NFTs selling at an inflated price. Some implementations of the NFTs have required an asset manager. However, some are not accessible to users.

Minecraft will continue to support the creativity of its users and do so without the ramifications that NFTs have imposed within the video game.

“Each of these uses of NFTs and other blockchain technologies creates digital ownership based on scarcity and exclusion, which does not align with Minecraft values of creative inclusion and playing together. NFTs are not inclusive of all our community and create a scenario of the haves and the have-nots. The speculative pricing and investment mentality around NFTs 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,” Minecraft said in a statement.

Minecraft Will Remain Vigilant

Minecraft players will no longer be allowed to use blockchain technology or create NFTs for in-game content.

“We will also be paying close attention to how blockchain technology evolves over time to ensure that the above principles are withheld and determine whether it will allow for more secure experiences or other practical and inclusive applications in gaming. However, we have no plans of implementing blockchain technology into Minecraft right now,” Minecraft also wrote.