Minecraft developer Mojang to restrict use of NFTs, blockchain tech with guideline update

Quick Take

  • Non-fungible tokens and other uses of blockchain tech “are generally not something we will support or allow” in Minecraft, Mojang Studios said Wednesday.
  • Mojang Studios, acquired by Microsoft in 2014, is the developer of the wildly popular game.

Non-fungible token (NFT) integrations are "generally not something we will support or allow," Minecraft developer Mojang Studios said Wednesday. 

The comments came in a blog post published on the official Minecraft website and come ahead of a planned update to the Minecraft community guidelines. 

Mojang said it is opposed to NFTs on the grounds that their use would create a culture of unequal access in Minecraft. "In our Minecraft Usage Guidelines, we outline how a server owner can charge for access, and that all players should have access to the same functionality. 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," the firm said.

The company went on to say:

"To ensure that Minecraft players have a safe and inclusive experience, 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."

Mojang didn't name any specific projects by name that use NFTs in conjunction with Minecraft. The Block Research recently highlighted NFTWorlds, which uses Minecraft's source code as a basis for an NFT-powered metaverse. 

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In a statement posted to its Discord, the NFTWorlds team said it was "blindsided" by the Mojang statement.

"We have talked with Minecraft's IP department multiple times in the past. They have never clearly indicated that anything we were doing was going to be ruled on/restricted (other than existing EULA items, which we complied with for the entire