Epic Won’t Ban NFT Games in Response to Minecraft Stance, Says Tim Sweeney

Epic Won’t Ban NFT Games in Response to Minecraft Stance, Says Tim Sweeney

Epic CEO Tim Sweeney said the company will not ban the sale of games using NFTs on its Epic Games Store platform, claiming it’s wrong to “meddle” in the way developers create their games .

On Wednesday, Mojang – the Microsoft-owned studio behind Minecraft – stated in a player-acclaimed article that it has no plans to support NFTs in the game.

Sweeney was asked by a Twitter user if Epic would take a similar stance.

“Developers should be free to choose how they create their games,” Sweeney replied. “And you’re free to decide if you want to play it.”

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“I believe that vendors and operating system vendors should not interfere by forcing their views on others. We definitely won’t.”

NFTs are unique, non-exchangeable units of data stored on a decentralized ledger called a blockchain that allow users to buy and sell digital assets such as in-game items or artwork.

When asked later in the thread how that standard would be held up against a company wanting to publish hateful content on Epic’s platform, Sweeney clarified that the company has editorial policies, but NFTs do not currently violate them.

“A store could choose not to make such judgments and host whatever is legal, or choose to draw the line with acceptable mainstream norms like we do, or only accept games that conform to the personal beliefs of the owner,” Sweeney said, explaining why the controversy won’t ban the technology outright.

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Mojang’s statement on Wednesday stated that the NFT technology would be a violation of the Minecraft Acceptable Use Policy.

“To ensure that Minecraft players have a safe and inclusive experience, no blockchain technologies may be integrated into our client and server applications, nor may any Minecraft game content such as worlds, skins, Persona items, or any other mods be used through blockchain technology in order to to create a scarce digital good,” it said.

Creating collectible NFTs that players could buy or earn would go against Minecraft’s “values ​​of creative inclusion and co-play” and “create a scenario of the haves and the have-nots,” it added.

According to the Game Developers Conference’s annual State of the Game Industry report, which surveyed over 2,700 developers about their work, 70% of respondents said they had no interest in adding NFTs to their games.

Sales of NFTs fell to a 12-month low in June amid a broader slowdown in the cryptocurrency market, which had fallen below $1 trillion in value from around $3 trillion in November 2021.