NFT Worlds Says That It Will Create Its Own Blockchain Minecraft Game Following Minecraft's Recent Announcement
The idea itself is already going against what Minecraft players love about Minecraft.
On July 20, Mojang Studios and Minecraft openly addressed their position on NFTs and blockchain and how they will not be allowing blockchain technology in their client or server applications. “We have these rules to ensure that Minecraft remains a community where everyone has access to the same content. NFTs, however, can create models of scarcity and exclusion that conflict with our Guidelines and the spirit of Minecraft.”
Minecraft’s business model has always supported creators by creating a safe and inclusive environment. Now, an issue with blockchain in the Minecraft space is that this technology creates digital ownership based on scarcity and exclusion, not necessarily a bad thing, but it does go directly against what Minecraft stands for and its playerbase.
Despite this decision, an NFT company, NFT Worlds, has decided to make its own Minecraft-like game. The company openly stated that: “Microsoft, Mojang and Minecraft have signaled they have no regard for creators, builders and players if at any moment a new idea or vision conflicts with any internal politics or opinions of their power holding minority; regardless of their public facing ideals.”
The issue with that statement is that Minecraft understands its players very well, it's why the decision was made in the first place. NFT Worlds might be moving too fast as they are “diving head first” into developing a new game with the “core mechanics of Minecraft, but with the modernization and active development Minecraft has been missing for years.”
Of course they won’t be able to make an exact clone due to obvious legal issues, but there are other larger issues at play that NFT Worlds will have to conquer if they want this idea to come to fruition. First, a majority of the gaming industry is against NFT’s, and so are many game developers. It’s not to say the market isn't there, but it is still too early to understand where NFT’s will best fit into the gaming equation, if at all.
Next there is the issue of creating a brand-new open source game from the ground up that will not only support backwards compatibility with existing Minecraft server development plugins and practices, but also includes web3 technology. In the end, it seems that NFT Worlds has missed in its entirety what Minecraft stands for and is creating something solely on what they believe will be profitable.
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