The list of enduring video games that have genuinely endured the test of time includes Minecraft.
The game has survived more than ten years of gaming innovation and continues to be a highly regarded and popular title.
This week, the Minecraft team published a blog post titled "Minecraft and NFTs" outlining the Microsoft-owned game's position on NFTs in response to both positive and unfavorable rumors on the potential integration of NFTs.
Minecraft quickly establishes its viewpoint by noting that "integrations of NFTs with Minecraft are generally not something we will accept or allow" less than five sentences into the blog article.
In order to maintain the integrity of a community "where everyone has access to the same information," the staff article goes on to clarify adjustments to their usage guidelines.
There are now a number of blockchain projects that aim to host servers on the title that provide exclusive content via NFTs.
The staff posting goes on to state their position unequivocally:
“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.”
Speculative pricing and investment mentality surrounding NFTs, according to the post, "take the focus away from playing the game and encourage profiteering, which we think is inconsistent with the long-term joy and success of our players." This is just one of the additional justifications given for the decision.