The update starts with a quick overview of what NFTs are, with a note about their extreme volatility, before setting out the current policies on Minecraft servers. The main goal of these policies, Mojang said, is "to ensure that Minecraft remains a community where everyone has access to the same content." NFTs on the other hand, were specifically designed to "create models of exclusion and scarcity" which obviously conflicts with this principle. They're out.
"To ensure that Minecraft players have a secure and inclusive experience, blockchain technologies are not permitted to be used within our server and client applications, nor can Minecraft in-game content , such as skins, worlds persona items, or other mods, be utilized by blockchain technology to create a scarce digital asset," Mojang wrote.
The update was reportedly inspired by the fact that many Minecraft-associated NFTs and play-to-earn server are already in existence, taking advantage of the gap in the official policy, and dividing the community into "the haves and the have-nots," Mojang said.
Another concern is that some NFTs may not be reliable and could cost players who purchase them." This is a very polite way to put it: The unofficial Minecraft NFT Game Blockverse (opens new tab) disappeared with more than $1.2M in January, is just a few instances of NFT-related fraud and criminality we've seen over these past years. This is especially relevant to Minecraft which is more popular than other games, making it more vulnerable to scams.
The official Minecraft guidelines for usage (opens in new tab) are being updated to address this issue in greater detail, however the simplest version is a hard no: "NFTs associated with any game content, such as skins, worlds and other items, or any other mods" are not allowed.
Mojang stated that it will continue to keep an eye on the progress of blockchain technology to determine whether it can "enable safer gaming experiences or other useful, inclusive applications in gaming," suggesting official support could be a possibility in the future. "We do not have plans to implement blockchain technology in Minecraft," however.