Valve’s plan to remove all games from Steam that use blockchain to exchange cryptocurrencies and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) raises some questions about the future of NFTs in the video game industry. While this is a fairly harsh stance on Valve’s part as Steam is by far the largest digital distribution platform for PC gaming, rival Epic has made it known that it was “open” to the idea of games using NFTs, Although the clear rules haven’t been made public.
according to a report of ledge, the new policy change comes as a new rule that has been added to Valve’s list of things developers can’t publish to Steam. The rules state that programs are “built on blockchain technology to issue or permit the exchange of cryptocurrencies or NFT“No longer allowed on video game stores.
Age of Rust – a game that offers NFTs – developer SpacePirate explained on Twitter that the policy reflects Valve’s broader approach to items on its platform, that they should not have real-world value. He goes on to say that he “fundamentally believes”[s] NFTs and blockchain games are the future.”
Community: A few minutes ago, we were informed that @Steam *All blockchain games* will be closed from the platform including Age of Rust, because of the value of NFTs. Behind the scenes, we’ve had good communication and we’ve been ahead with Steam. #blockchaingame #nft
— Age of Jung (@SpacePirate_io) 14 October 2021
Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney was quick to react to Valve’s announcement, where he positioned Epic as a platform that “welcomes new innovation” despite the NFT being clear and crypto within the stage. “The Epic Games Store will welcome games that use blockchain technology, provided they comply with relevant laws, disclose their terms, and age-assess by an appropriate group,” Sweeney tweeted.
The Epic Games Store will welcome games that use blockchain technology, provided they comply with relevant laws, disclose their terms, and are age-rated by an appropriate group. Although Epic is not using crypto in our games, we welcome innovation in technology and finance. https://t.co/6W7hb8zJBw
— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) 15 October 2021
Now, with NFT or crypto-based mechanics not very popular in Steam-hosted games in the first place, the idea of player ownership of in-game assets through NFT allocations has recently been introduced in titles such as Age of Rust and others. has been popularized with. .
Outside the realm of gatekeepers like Steam and Epic, there are NFT-focused games that have garnered tremendous popularity despite being available on the web – in case, axi infinity, an NFT-based online video game developed by Vietnamese studio Sky Mavis, with two million daily players.
While the policy change could dampen hopes of widespread adoption for companies like Sky Mavis, its owners don’t risk being at the mercy of publishers and the App Store.