Epic Games 'Definitely Won't' Ban NFTs, CEO Says
Epic Games is not taking the same path as Microsoft's Mojang Studios, which recently said it will ban NFTs in its community-run Minecraft game servers.
“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,” Minecraft said in a statement.
Steam, one of the largest PC gaming marketplaces, recently announced a ban on NFTs, too.
Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney disagrees with these decisions.
"Developers should be free to decide how to build their games, and you are free to decide whether to play them," Sweeney said on Twitter. "I believe stores and operating systems makers shouldn't interfere by forcing their views onto others. We definitely won't."
Epic Games, the creator of the hugely popular Fortnite video game, has incorporated NFTs into its games in the past and recently raised $2 billion to "build the metaverse."
Following this investment round, Sweeney encouraged builders to create without restriction.
“This investment will accelerate our work to build the metaverse and create spaces where players can have fun with friends, brands can build creative and immersive experiences, and creators can build a community and thrive,” the Epic Games CEO said.
Which other gaming platforms will take a hard stance on this new and exciting technology?