Following the announcement that Minecraft would be rejecting NFT’s–the main reason being that it would create an atmosphere that is the opposite of Minecraft’s vision of inclusivity and community–others soon questioned where Epic Games stood on the matter and asked if the online store would make a similar decision and perhaps even get rid of all NFT games on their online store.
Wishful thinking, but of course such a major change would not happen. The CEO of Epic Games, Tim Sweeney, responded to the question with: “Developers should be free to decide how to build their games, and you are free to decide whether to play them. I believe stores and operating system makers shouldn’t interfere by forcing their views onto others. We definitely won’t.”
All in all, he does make a point, NFT’s do not currently go against any of the editorial guidelines in place and Epic Games is only profiting from hosting NFT inspired games on their platform. They are there for players to play if they would like, and ignore as well. Still, following the major rejection of NFT’s in Minecraft and the positive responses that followed, this could have other game companies making a change or stating their stance soon enough as well.
The cryptocurrency market, including NFTs, blockchain, and even web3 gaming, is still relatively new. It might stick around and become adopted, or it might continue to be rejected holding no real place in the video game field. For now, it is still too early to tell.
About the Author
Aspen is an avid gamer and Twitch streamer currently residing in Japan. She is most attracted to games narrative design and is a huge fan of player choice in games. If Aspen is not playing games, she is most certainly writing about them.
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