The Epic Games CEO stated that the Epic Games Store “will certainly not prevent developers from selling NFTs”.
In a recent statement, Minecraft developer Mojang Studios said that it will not support NFT or any other blockchain technology in its games. This is important news for the NFT and their relationship with the gaming industry, as Minecraft is the most successful video game in the world and it’s also the prime ground for NFT properties to be featured. This announcement has also led many gamers to staunch against the NFT calling for other gaming giants to follow suit and make similar announcements.
This NFT technology has received a lot of criticism, but it also makes the companies that produce NFTs a lot of money. A lot of video game companies like Ubisoft have embarked on exploiting this technology, much to the disappointment of their fans.
This puts video game developers and publishers in a difficult position, as they can obviously make a lot of money from NFT, but the cost is infuriating many fans. In response to Mojang’s anti-NFT statement, one Twitter user called on Epic Games or more specifically the company’s CEO Tim Sweeney to make the same announcement and remove all games that use blockchain technology from Epic Games. Store. Tim Sweeney responded to this comment, but stated that the Epic Games Store is not a place to interfere or force their views on game developers.
Sweeney ended his statement by saying that Epic Games “definitely won’t” restrict games from being sold on the Epic Games Store even if those games feature blockchain technology. However, it is important for gamers to note that Tim Sweeney is referring to the sale of third-party games on the Epic Games Store, not specifically referring to games owned by Epic Games.
Epic Games’ refusal to condemn NFT does not mean that the company is in favor of blockchain technology. However, in a later response to Tim Sweeney’s statement on Twitter, Blizzard senior software engineer Joseph Bleau called Epic Games’ neutrality towards NFT “hidden support” meant to equalize normalize the NFT with more objects.
If Epic Games intends to actively support or produce NFT instead of simply allowing other developers on the Epic Games store to do so, this would be a turning point to another Tim Sweeney statement. in September 2021 stated that Epic Games “didn’t touch the NFT”. The reasons given by Sweeney at the time included his belief that the entire crypto industry was messed with scams and disorganized technology platforms.