While no longer having links to Mojang, Notch is seemingly confident that play-to-earn Minecraft servers are ‘hogwash.’
Recently, Minecraft revised its usage regulations to prohibit play-to-earn designs and token-gating functionality on fan-ran game servers. This clears the path for Mojang, a developer, to allegedly take action against a server responsible for paying players in Bitcoin. Minecraft developer, Markus ‘Notch’ Persson, is a major figure that supports Mojang’s move.
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In 2014, Notch sold the Minecraft IP and Mojang to Microsoft and responded to a tweet thread concerning an article discussing the Bitcoin server by stating that it was happy that such a crackdown was taking place.
Notch was asked for additional clarification concerning his position on Minecraft servers that use NFT-gating and play-to-earn features. However, he failed to respond immediately. On Friday, Satlanis, an autonomous and fan-run Minecraft server that gave Bitcoin rewards to players after completing in-game tasks, revealed it would eliminate the learning feature following Mojang’s demand.
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Via a post, David Dineno, Satlanis founder, revealed that Mojang intimidated to obstruct its server IP and cease-and-desist the server host in case of noncompliance. Satlanis eliminated the feature and claimed it would transfer the experience to an alternative gaming ecosystem.
Minecraft’s utilization regulations were revised recently to include more rules concerning the functionality of blockchain. Player-managed servers for the game are not able to use play-to-earn models that allow players to ‘receive out-of-game or real-world currency.’ Additionally, ‘receiving in-game currency capable of being cashed out for real-world currency’ is impossible.
Minecraft Mulls Banning NFT Ownership as it Targets Limited In-game Feature Access
Further, Minecraft ultimately executed its proposed ban on utilizing the ownership of NFT to limit in-game feature access. Despite its announcement in July last year, it was yet to be implemented almost one year later. However, it is currently being executed.
In 2014, Microsoft spent $2.5B to purchase Mojang and the Minecraft IP. Additionally, Notch vacated the studio he created as a billionaire. His approximate fortune at the moment is $1.2B.
Since then, Notch has not officially been a part of Minecraft and was prevented from participating in the game’s decade-old anniversary in 2019. A string of transphobic and contentious comments on Twitter caused this. In 2019, a Microsoft spokesperson claimed that his sentiments and comments failed to reflect those of Mojang and Microsoft and also failed to represent Minecraft.
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