Recently, Mojang received feedback from Community members asking for clarification and transparency regarding the attitude towards Mojang Studios and Minecraft on NFTs and blockchain.
While updating the Minecraft User Guides to offer more specific guidance on new technologies, they wanted to take this opportunity to share their view that NFT integrations with Minecraft are not something they will support or allow.
What is an NFT?
ONE NFT is a unique, unqualified 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 application today is digital art, such as JPEGs. Purchasing an NFT provides the token confirming ownership of the original digital file. But like any digital file, it can be copied, moved, or even deleted. NFTs and blockchain have also been linked to speculation, with prices rising rapidly and, as we have seen recently, falling rapidly.
How does this relate to me?
If you are a player or creator who is actively involved in buying, selling or trading NFTs using Minecraft (like skins or worlds), Mojang strongly recommends reading the information below. Otherwise, it is likely that these changes will not affect you.
Minecraft’s policy on NFTs
In it minecraft guidelines for use, they specify how a server owner can charge for access and that all players must have access to the same features. These rules aim to ensure that Minecraft remains a community where everyone has access to the same content. However, NFTs can create patterns of scarcity and exclusion that conflict with the guidelines and spirit of Minecraft.
To ensure that Minecraft players have a safe and inclusive experienceblockchain technology is 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 have recently launched NFT implementations which is associated with Map and of Minecraft skins. Other examples of how NFTs and blockchain can be used with Minecraft include the creation of Minecraft NFTs for collectibles that allow players to earn NFTs through activities performed on a server, or earning Minecraft NFTs rewards for activities outside the game.
Each of these uses of NFTs and other blockchain technologies creates digital property based on scarcity and exclusion, which is inconsistent with Minecraft’s values of creative inclusion and shared play. NFTs are not inclusive for the whole community and create a scenario between those who have and those who do not. That speculative prices and investment mentality which surrounds NFTs, diverts attention from the game and encourages profit, as Mojang says incompatible with the enjoyment and enjoyment of the game long-term players.
They fear that too some third-party NFTs are unreliable and end up costing players who buy them. Some third-party NFT implementations are also completely dependent on blockchain technology and may require an asset manager to disappear without notice. It has also happened that NFTs have been sold to artificially or fraudulently increased prices. They recognize that the creation in the game has an inherent value, and they strive to provide a marketplace where these values can be recognized.
So to ensure that Minecraft players have a safe and inclusive experience, blockchain technologies must not be integrated into Minecraft client and server applications nor may they be used to create NFTs associated with game content, including worlds, skins, or other mods. We will also keep a close eye on how blockchain technology evolves over time to ensure that the above principles are adhered to and whether it will enable more secure experiences or other practical and inclusive applications in the game. However, they do not intend to implement blockchain technology in Minecraft at the moment.