Steam bans NTF and cryptocurrency games

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Valve appears to be setting new rules for games on Steam, especially games that involve trading or receiving cryptocurrency and NFT. The change was shared by SpacePirate Games, developers of Age Of Rust, who say they were informed this week of the new ban. More in the Steamworks portal, a new type of content that cannot be published on Steam has been added. “Applications based on blockchain technology that issue or enable the exchange of cryptocurrencies or NFTs. ”

NFTs have been introduced to games throughout this year. Enough for Devolver to satirize them and Will Wright’s next game be built on them. If you haven’t seen them popping up everywhere lately, they’re basically digital certificates conferring proof of ownership of often intangible objects. They operate on the same blockchain technology as cryptocurrency but are not a currency themselves. here is an explanatory about NFTs in general though that still sounds like a lot of jargon.

As for Age Of Rust, the Steam store page, on which the game is not currently on sale, explains that “Age Of Rust is a blockchain game, which uses NFTs on the Enjin platform. Some of the Age Of Rust puzzles are eligible for players to receive an NFT as an achievement. The game also uses NFTs from other games as well as Enjin’s NFT Multiverse. ”

Thus, in-game achievements that grant even more unique in-game items than unique in-game items typically are. Plus, the blockchain says this is your extra unique item, which makes it valuable among other people who really like extra unique items in the game. All that and then environmental impact issues to create and trade them, of course.

“Behind the scenes, we had good communication and were upfront with Steam,” say the SpacePirate games. Steam’s take on NFTs, according to SpacePirate, is that “items have value and they don’t allow items that may have real value on their platform.”

Steam is already trafficking digital items sold between players with its Marlet, disturbs. Special CS: GO knives at crazy prices, right? However, they are not built on the blockchain and are bought and sold with non-crypto currencies.

I contacted Steam to find out if this policy is really new, although it does not appear in their Steamworks portal. earlier this month, and what motivated their decision to remove NFTs and crypto games from their store. I’ll let you know if they respond with their own words on the subject.

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