If you think there’s been some stinging fan backlashes against NFTs in the music world, you should see some of the almighty hoo-has in the games industry. Some developers and publishers who have tried to launch NFTs have even cancelled them – Team 17 for example – such was the strength of fan unrest.
Now Mojang, the Microsoft-owned developer of Minecraft, has made its views on NFTs abundantly clear. “Integrations of NFTs with Minecraft are generally not something we will support or allow,” explained a blog post, adding that the technology “creates digital ownership based on scarcity and exclusion, which does not align with Minecraft values of creative inclusion and playing together”.
So, Mojang won’t allow blockchain tech to be used in its client or server applications, nor will it allow Minecraft worlds, skins and other items to be turned into NFTs.
While some web3 advocates are unhappy with Mojang’s announcement, with so many children playing Minecraft, it’s not really that surprising a stance.