Minecraft has a huge custom modding and custom server community, and with the rise in NFTs, some custom servers have been looking at ways to integrate blockchain and NFTs with unofficial Minecraft servers. This week, Mojang officially updated its Minecraft usage guidelines, banning NFTs and blockchain technologies from being used.
In a post titled ‘Minecraft and NFTs‘, Mojang confirmed that it will not support or allow NFTs with Minecraft, meaning using NFTs to sell custom skins or worlds for Minecraft is prohibited. Mojang also has “no plans” to implement blockchain technology into Minecraft for the foreseeable future, although they will continue to “monitor” the technology as it evolves in case a genuinely practical use-case does appear somewhere down the line. For now though, cryptocurrencies, NFTs and marketplace trading are not on the table.
“To ensure that Minecraft players have a safe and inclusive experience, blockchain technologies are not permitted to be integrated inside our Minecraft client and server applications nor may they be utilized to create NFTs associated with any in-game content, including worlds, skins, persona items, or other mods”. the post reads. “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”.
While this will put off the NFT crowd, there are many other ways to integrate microtransactions into custom Minecraft servers, and some servers are aggressively monetised. This is also something that Mojang should perhaps be taking a look at as ultimately, Minecraft is a game marketed towards a younger audience.
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KitGuru Says: Due to some of the monetisation systems already in place for some custom, unofficial Minecraft servers, there was some concern about growing interest in NFTs and crypto. With that in mind, some kind of statement from Mojang was needed.