Epic Games 'definitely Won't' Follow Minecraft NFT Ban

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01 October 2022

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 that NFTs are speculative and scarcity, risks of exclusion, and scams are in violation of the game's rules.

The move was seen as highly controversial in the NFT community, however, it has been greeted with acclaim by the group of crypto-skeptic gamers.

Sweeney's company is the creators of the wildly popular battle royal game Fortnite that is considered to be a Metaverse-based platform. While Epic Games isn't necessarily pro-crypto or NFTs, the CEO stated that the firm isn't looking to impose any opinions on the subject for its users:

Developers should be free to choose how they build their games, and you are free to choose whether you want to play them. I believe that stores and operating system makers shouldn't interfere by forcing their views onto other people. We won'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.

"A store could decide to avoid making such judgements and instead host something that's legal, or choose to draw the line at the accepted norms of the day as we do, or allow only games that are in line with the individual beliefs of the owner," he said.

The NFT ban by Mojang Studios has left one particular project dubbed NFT Worlds with a major problem to solve, given that it was developed on one of Minecraft's open source servers.

Related: Delphi Digital: How do you convince gamers to accept the integration of NFT?

Play-to-earn (P2E) is an open-source platform for play-to-earn (P2E), has an entire ecosystem of NFTs and cryptos built around. The NFTs it uses generate 51,000 Ether (ETH), which is $80.8 million worth of trading volume at the time. However, its NFT floor price has slid from 3.33 Ethereum down to 1.01 ETH since the news came out. While its native token WRLD fell 55% in the same time frame.

Following the Mojang announcement the NFT Worlds team stated it is "brainstorming solutions" on how to proceed. The team stated that they are in touch with Minecraft to come up with a solution. In the meantime, a switch to the "Minecraft-like game engine" or GameFi platform has been discussed as possible options.

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