Non-fungible tokens are an exciting concept that can serve many use cases. Its role in gaming may not necessarily transcend blockchain gaming, though. For example, the Minecraft team recently outlined how they see no point in NFTs for their games, nor will they ever support it.
No NFTs For Minecraft
Minecraft has to be in everyone’s top three when thinking of popular video games. Even if you do not play it yourself, you are likely familiar with the name, how the game world looks, or know what a “creeper” is. It is an iconic gaming brand and an ecosystem that continues to welcome new players virtually every day. Moreover, it is available to players of all ages and does not require specific upfront knowledge to have a good time.
Even so, the team behind Minecraft has to keep tabs on emerging trends and how they might affect the game itself. Non-fungible tokens are one of the hot trends, even if their purpose in gaming remains relatively unclear. Providing players with ownership of in-game assets is appealing, but it primarily caters to existing crypto and blockchain enthusiasts.
NFTs are primarily risky and often considered a scam for everyone who plays games. While the truth is far more nuanced, more and more game developers and publishers oppose the idea. A recent blog post by the Minecraft team confirms there is no intent on enabling NFT support, ever. The game has dedicated guidelines for server owners who want to charge for access to the game world, but that will never support non-fungible tokens.
The team explained how Minecraft needs to remain a community where everyone has equal access to the same content. NFTs, while capable of introducing scarcity, also lead to exclusion. That opposes the Minecraft vision. Additionally, there will be no room for blockchain integration into client and server applications or in-game content. Any worlds, skins, persona items, or other modifications are not allowed to be turned into NFTs either.
Speculation And Fun Seem Mutually Exclusive
In the blog post, the team raises another interesting point. Like cryptocurrencies, NFTs are highly speculative, even if they often lack any real purpose. Instead, they will often serve as a money grab or high-risk investment, deteriorating the overall fun and excitement associated with the ecosystem through which one can earn these non-fungible tokens. Moreover, the Minecraft team adds:
“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.”
It is good to see such a big gaming entity make its stance on blockchain technology and NFTs clear at an early stage. Although some people may disagree with this decision, blockchain and NFTs can not fix everything, nor do they need to. In Minecraft’s case, the game has prospered through other means. Nor is there a need to create problems to offer NFTs as a solution, unlike what some other game publishers and developers may attempt.
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