MyMetaverse, a premiere NFT game and Metaverse network, dared take a bold step and integrated NFTs into several games, including its Minecraft and Grand Theft Auto 5 servers.
In July, Mojang Studios, the developer of the widely popular sandbox game Minecraft, said that it was banning the integration of NFTs and other blockchain products in the game. However, a Metaverse-focused firm, MyMetaverse, managed to integrate NFTs into several games, including its own Minecraft and Grand Theft Auto 5 servers.
Mojang Studios’ concern was that Minecraft players might become more inclined to make money through Minecraft if NFTs are integrated rather than simply enjoying the game. Nevertheless, Oscar Franklin Tan, the chief financial officer of the blockchain gaming firm Enjin, and MyMetaverse CEO Simon Kertonegoro were able to implement NFTs into the game without violating its terms and conditions.
MyMetaverse’s Bold Action
MyMetaverse’s Kertonegoro and Enjin’s Tan were adamant that there was a way to integrate or implement NFTs into Minecraft and other games, like Grand Theft Auto 5, in a way that negates Mojang’s concerns.
Per Kertonegoro, Mojang Studios enacted the rules on NFTs on Minecraft in the hopes of protecting players from negative experiences. However, many servers still violated the rules and went their way, integrating NFTs into the game and violating game guidelines along the way.
On MyMetaverse’s part, Kertonegoro shared that within the firm’s servers, they were able to introduce NFTs into the game without violating the game’s guidelines. They did so by not having any pay-to-win NFTs and making even their best NFTs free to earn.
“We wanted to show Mojang that it could be done in a way that benefited them and benefited their player base and benefited the gaming industry as a whole. It’s obviously not, you know, it’s not the fastest way to get people jumping in your server. […] But we knew that that was the right way to do it.”
Tan gave his two cents on the topic and intimated that his company, Enjin, a platform that enables game developers to generate in-game items using the Ethereum blockchain, is in full support of MyMetaverse’s efforts to get into contact with Mojang Studios. According to Tan, the firm’s Minecraft server, which is NFT-integrated, has already been around for four years, long before Minecraft upheld its ban on NFTs.
The Enjin CEO even alluded to China’s stance regarding NFTs. China is known to be highly against cryptocurrencies but has expressed its interest in supporting NFTs. “If it works for the Chinese government, then why not Minecraft,” Tan said.
MyMetaverse’s Interoperable NFTs
It turns out that the NFTs that MyMetaverse created have an interoperability aspect. It means the NFTs are not entirely for Minecraft’s use only. The NFTs can also be used in other games like its Grand Theft Auto 5 server and Infinity Realm, MyMetaverse’s own massively multiplayer online (MMO) game.
“These different games read the user’s wallet, see that they own the NFT, and provide them different benefits in the games. […] In Minecraft, this NFT is a sword. In [Grand Theft Auto 5], the NFT is a car, and in Infinity Realms, the NFT is a house,” Tan explained.
Additionally, Tan expressed faith that having NFTs working in various games is a valuable keystone for the Metaverse’s development. “Interoperability forms a greater community. It forms the foundation of what we now call the Metaverse, something we’ve been trying to build since 2018,” Tan said.
Finally, Kertonegoro emphasized that their NFTs would positively impact Polkadot’s broader ecosystem since the NFTs run on Efinity, a Polkadot parachain developed by Enjin. “The ecosystem could only grow through adopters innovating. And that’s what we’re doing, really,” said Kertonegoro.
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