Mojang doesn’t want Minecraft to have a profiteering element.
Minecraft remains one of the biggest names in media franchising, with the original game still selling gangbusters and numerous flavors of merchandise made with its label. There are very few avenues of business that Minecraft, and by extension its developer Mojang, hasn’t at least dipped its toes into, but according to a new blog post, there is one pool they aren’t interested in at all.
In a blog post, Mojang announced that they have no interest in incorporating NFTs or any crypto-related systems into Minecraft. “To ensure that Minecraft players have a safe and inclusive experience, blockchain technologies are not permitted to be integrated inside our client and server applications, nor may Minecraft in-game content such as worlds, skins, persona items, or other mods, be utilized by blockchain technology to create a scarce digital asset,” Mojang said.
Due to its open-source nature, many external companies have created crypto-adjacent products using Minecraft as a base. However, Mojang does not personally approve of this kind of business, as they believe the notion of artificial scarcity runs contrary to the spirit of Minecraft’s creativity. “NFTs are not inclusive of all our community and create a scenario of the haves and the have-nots,” the studio said, adding that the speculative nature of NFTs “encourages profiteering.”
Minecraft says no to NFTs. https://t.co/ZejyGDxeJh
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While Mojang stopped short of writing off crypto mechanics entirely for the future, they resolutely stated that, for the time being, NFTs have no place in or near Minecraft.