Although Minecraft creator Mojang Studios is against incorporating non-fungible tokens (NFT), a Metaverse-focused company has been able to introduce NFT into several games including its own Minecraft server.
In an interview with Cointelegraph, Oscar Franklin Tan, CFO of blockchain gaming company Enjin, and MyMetaverse CEO Simon Kertonegoro shared how they were able to connect the dots and implement NFT in Minecraft without violating its terms and conditions.
According to Kertonegoro, Minecraft’s rules on NFTs were about protecting players from negative experiences, and many servers broke those rules. However, the CEO explained that within their servers, they can offer NFTs without violating the game’s guidelines. They do this by not having any pay-to-win NFTs and making the best NFTs free to earn. He explained that:
“We wanted to show Mojang that this can be done in a way that benefits them, benefits their player base, and benefits the gaming industry as a whole. Obviously, you don’t know, it’s not the fastest way to get people to jump into your server. […] But we knew it was the right way.” To do that “.
Tan also looked into the matter and noted that Enjin supports MyMetaverse’s attempt to enter a conversation with Mojang Studios since the company’s integrated Minecraft server has been around for four years even before Minecraft imposed its ban on NFTs.
The CEO also noted that even China, a country that opposes cryptocurrencies, has expressed interest in supporting NFTs. “If it works for the Chinese government, why isn’t Minecraft working?” he stated.
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Apart from Minecraft, NFTs created by MyMetaverse also have the aspect of interoperability and can be used in other games such as the company’s server Grand Theft Auto 5 (GTAV) and the online multiplayer game Infinity Realm. Kertonegoro explained that:
“These different games, read the user’s portfolio, make sure they own the NFT and provide them with different advantages in games. […] In Minecraft, that NFT is a sword. In GTA, that NFT is a car and in Infinity Realms, that NFT is a house.”
In addition, Tan also firmly believes that having NFTs that work in different games is an important cornerstone for the development of the Metaverse. he said that:
“Interoperability is shaping a larger community. It forms the basis for what we now call the Metaverse, and it’s something we’ve been trying to build since 2018.”
Since the NFTs run on Efinity, a Polkadot parachain developed by Enjin, Kertonegoro also highlighted that the NFTs will have a good impact on the broader Polkadot ecosystem: “The ecosystem can only grow through the innovation of its adopters. And that’s really what we do.”