Epic Games founder and CEO Tim Sweeney says his firm "definitely will not" follow Minecraft developers in banning non-fungible tokens (NFTs).
As previously reported, Mojang Studios, Minecraft developers, banned NFT integrations on Wednesday, as it believes NFTs are speculative and scarcity, risks of exclusion and scams are in violation of the game's rules.
The move was considered highly controversial in the NFT community, however, it has been met with praise by the community of crypto-skeptic gamers.
The company of Sweeney is the one responsible for Fortnite, a battle royale game that is very popular. It is also considered Metaverse's platform. Although Epic Games isn't necessarily pro-crypto or NFTs, the CEO said the firm isn't looking to impose any opinions on the subject on its users:
Developers should be able to choose how they build their games, and you're free to decide whether to play them. I don't think that stores or operating system makers should dictate their opinions on others. MINECRAFT We shouldn't.
In response to the post, Twitter user Low5ive asked Sweeney if Epic Games' policy on prohibiting "hateful/discriminatory content" differs from this. Sweeney replied that Epic Games makes "editorial" judgments, however NFTs are not currently within their jurisdiction.
He said that a store could not make such decisions and accept any game that is legal and draw the line between accepted norms and what we do, or accept games that are in line with the owner's personal convictions.
The NFT ban by Mojang Studios has left one particular project dubbed NFT Worlds with a huge issue to resolve, given that it was built on one of Minecraft's open source servers.
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The community-driven play-to earn (P2E) platform has an entire ecosystem of crypto and NFT built around it, with its NFTs generating 51,000 Ether (ETH), or $80.8 million worth of trading volume as of the time of writing. Since the news was announced, however, the floor price of its NFTs has fallen from 3.33 ETH to 1.01 ETH at the time of writing, and its native token WRLD has plummeted by 55% within that time frame.
Following the Mojang announcement, the NFT Worlds team stated it is now "brainstorming solutions" on how to proceed. The team said they are in touch with Minecraft to come up with an answer. Otherwise, a pivot to the "Minecraft-like game engine" or GameFi platform has been suggested as possible options.