Mojang recently received feedback from community members asking for clarification and transparency regarding the position of Mojang Studios and Minecraft on NFTs and blockchain.
While updating the Minecraft user guidelines to provide more specific guidelines for new technologies, they wanted to take the opportunity to share their view that NFT integration with Minecraft is not something they are going to support or allow.
What is an NFT?
A NFT is a unique, ineligible digital token that is part of a blockchain and is often purchased with cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin. An NFT can be associated with any kind of digital asset, such as an MPEG or a GIF, but the most common use case these days is digital art such as JPEGs. Purchasing an NFT provides the token that certifies ownership of the original digital file. However, like any digital file, it can be copied, moved, or even deleted. NFTs and blockchain have also been associated with speculation, with prices rising rapidly and, as we have seen recently, may fall rapidly.
How does this relate to me?
If you are a player or creator actively involved in buying, selling or trading NFTs using Minecraft (such as skins or worlds), Mojang strongly recommends reading the information below. Otherwise, these changes probably won’t affect you.
Minecraft’s NFT Policy
In the guidelines for using minecraft, they specify how a server owner can request access and that all players should have access to the same features. These rules are intended to ensure that Minecraft remains a community where everyone can access the same content. However, NFTs can create patterns of scarcity and exclusion that go against the guidelines and spirit of Minecraft.
to ensuring Minecraft players have a safe and inclusive experienceblockchain technology are not allowed to be integrated into client and server applications, and Minecraft game content, such as worlds, skins or other mods, cannot be used by blockchain technology to create a rare digital asset. The reasons are as follows:
Some companies recently launched NFT implementations that are associated with Cards and from minecraft skins. Other examples of how NFTs and blockchain can be used with Minecraft include creating collectible Minecraft NFTs, which allow players to earn NFTs through activities completed on a server, or earning Minecraft NFT rewards for off-game activities.
Each of these uses of NFTs and other blockchain technologies creates digital ownership based on scarcity and exclusion, which is inconsistent with Minecraft’s values of creative inclusion and shared play. NFTs are not inclusive for the entire community and create a scenario between those who have and those who do not. The speculative prices and the investment mentality surrounding NFTs divert attention from the game and encourage profit-seeking, which according to Mojang is: incompatible with fun and enjoyment in the game players in the long run.
They are afraid of that too some third-party NFTs are unreliable and in the end it costs players who buy them. Some third-party NFT implementations also rely entirely on blockchain technology and may require an asset manager who can disappear without notice. NFTs have also been sold to: artificially or fraudulently inflated prices. They recognize that the creation within the game has intrinsic value, and they strive to provide a marketplace where those values can be recognized.
So, to ensure Minecraft players have a safe and inclusive experience, blockchain technologies should not be integrated into Minecraft client and server applications they may also not be used to create NFTs associated with in-game content, including worlds, skins, or other mods. We will also closely monitor how blockchain technology evolves over time to ensure the above principles are adhered to and whether it will enable safer experiences or other practical and inclusive in-game applications. blockchain technology currently in Minecraft.