While The whole NFT thing seems to be mercifully on tHe declines, there are still companies out there –like Square Enix– attempting to justify a partnership with a technology that only exists as a massive scam. Mojang is clearly not one of them.
In a lengthy statement released on Minecraft’s sitesthe team goes into great detail, explaining both why they have not embraced the technology to date and why they have taken steps to ban any implementation of anything blockchain-related Minecraft.
While we’ll add a quick caveat stating hey if blockchain can ever prove it’s anything other than a major scam we might look into that, the majority of the post attacks the techs for their promotion of the “digital ownership based on scarcity and exclusion” which is inconsistent with Minecraft Values of creative inclusion and shared play”.
It also lays out why blockchain technology and NFTs have been banned throughout the game, saying, “To ensure Minecraft players have a safe and inclusive experience, blockchain technologies must not be integrated into our client and server applications, yet.” Minecraft in-game content such as worlds, skins, persona items or other mods can be leveraged by blockchain technology to create a scarce digital asset.”
You can read the policy in its entirety below (emphasis on it, not mine).
OUR NFTS AND MINECRAFT POLICY
In our Minecraft Acceptable Use Policy, we describe 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 Minecraft remains a community where everyone has access to the same content. However, NFTs can create models of scarcity and exclusion that go against our policies and the spirit of Minecraft.
To ensure that Minecraft players have a safe and inclusive experience, blockchain technologies may not be integrated into our client and server applications, nor may Minecraft in-game content such as worlds, skins, persona elements, or other mods be used from blockchain technology to create a scarce digital good. Our reasons follow.
Some companies have recently introduced NFT implementations that link to Minecraft world files and skin packs. Other examples of how NFTs and blockchain could be used with Minecraft are creating Minecraft collectible NFTs, allowing players to earn NFTs through activities performed on a server, or earning Minecraft NFTs Rewards for out-of-game activities.
Each of these uses of NFTs and other blockchain technologies creates digital property based on scarcity and exclusion, which is inconsistent with Minecraft values of creative inclusion and co-play. NFTs do not include our entire community and create a scenario of the haves and the have-nots. The speculative pricing and investment mentality surrounding NFTs diverts focus from gaming and encourages greed for profit, which we feel is incompatible with the long-term enjoyment and success of our players.
We are also concerned that some third-party NFTs may not be reliable and end up costing players who buy them. Some third-party NFT implementations also rely entirely on blockchain technology and may require an asset manager that may disappear without notice. There have also been instances where NFTs have been sold at artificially or fraudulently inflated prices. We recognize that creation in our game has intrinsic value, and we strive to provide a marketplace where these values can be recognized.
To ensure Minecraft players have a safe and inclusive experience, Blockchain technologies may not be integrated into our Minecraft client and server applications, nor may they be used to create NFTs associated with in-game content, including worlds, skins, Persona items, or other mods. We will also be paying close attention to how blockchain technology is evolving over time to ensure the above principles are retained and to determine if they allow for more secure experiences or other practical and inclusive uses in gaming. However, we currently have no plans to implement blockchain technology in Minecraft.
We hope to share more with you soon. In the meantime, you can read our policy if you are interested here. Stay tuned!