Posted: Jul 29, 2022 in Minecraft
By Kevin Lott
Hello everyone and welcome to our weekly news blog! We have an odd yet interesting batch of news this week. Hot topics that the entrepreneurial of us will probably be sorry to hear, but you’ll understand more about that in just a moment. Let’s hop right in!
Mojang comes crashing in with some official news on their stance on NFTs and the blockchain. Recently, with the changes made to Minecraft’s Usage Guidelines as a result of 1.19.1 and player reporting being added to Java Edition, Mojang has taken the opportunity to share their view on integrations of NFTs within Minecraft and their position on the topic. And believe it or not, they have a stance that the community may actually agree with!
Minecraft has determined NFT integration is generally not something that will be supported or allowed, but what exactly is an NFT? An NFT is a unique, non-editable digital token that is part of a blockchain. Purchasable with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ehterium, and even Dogecoin, they can be associated with any form of digital asset such as an MPEG or a GIF. The most common form these days are JPEGs. The purchase of NFTs provides the token that states ownership of the original data file. Unsurprisingly, however, the file can be copied, moved, or even deleted at any time. NFTs and blockchain have also been associated with speculation, where prices are driven up rapidly and more recently, fell dramatically.
But what implications does this have for you as an everyday Minecraft player? None, lol! If you’re a player or creator actively involved in the buying, selling, or trading of NFTs however, it is crucial that you continue to read to understand how the new changes will affect you. Otherwise, it’s more likely than not that none of this applies to you.
In the Minecraft Usage Guidelines it is outlined how server owners may charge for access, and that all players should have access to the same functionality. The rules are present to ensure that Minecraft remains a community where everyone has access to the same content. NFTs, however, create models of scarcdity and exclusion purposefully, which conflicts with the Guidelines and the “spirit of Minecraft” as Mojang puts it.
Case and point, “blockchain technologies are not permitted to be integrated inside the Minecraft client and server applications nor may they be utilized to create NFTs associated with any in-game content, including worlds, skins, persona items, or other mods.”
NFTs are basically CS:GO skins if you think about it
Daniel – Daniel is tired. Unfortunate!
Nathan – Nathan went to a Pokemon GO event in Seattle and it was awesome. He captured lots of good Pokemon.
Dalton – Dalton has had three cups of coffee today and he is still tired. 🙁
Octavio – Stray is the cutest thing ever, apparently. Looks like a great game!
Erika – Erika knit a plant pot!
Nahuel – Nahuel is finishing up a webpage webpage and it looks dope!
Amber – Amber did some doodles and their art is amazing!
That’s the week! Mojang may or may not be doing damage control as a result of their recent changes regarding player reporting. Or maybe they genuinely do hate NFTs, it’s hard to tell these days. If you’re interested in non fungible tokens, these changes may have a big affect on you. The Apex team is doing good, with tons of talent. Anyway, I hope you all have a wonderful day!