Minecraft recently updated its usage guidelines to ban play-to-earn models and token-gating functionality on fan-operated game servers, clearing the way for developer Mojang to reportedly threaten action against a server that paid players in Bitcoin. A prominent figure has now come out in support of Mojang’s move: Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson.
Notch, who sold Mojang and the Minecraft IP to Microsoft in 2014, replied in a tweet thread about Decrypt’s article covering the Bitcoin server.
“I’m glad they’re cracking down on nonsense like this,” Notch wrote.
I’m glad they’re cracking down on nonsense like this. You’re welcome.
— notch (@notch) September 25, 2023
Decrypt asked Notch for further clarification on his stance regarding Minecraft servers that utilize play-to-earn and NFT-gating features, but did not immediately hear back.
Satlantis, an independent, fan-operated Minecraft server that paid players Bitcoin rewards for completing in-game tasks, announced on Friday that it would remove the earning feature after receiving a demand from Mojang.
In a Discord post, Satlantis founder David Dineno said that “Mojang threatened to block our server IP and cease-and-desist our server host if we didn’t comply.” Satlantis removed the feature and said that it would migrate the experience to another gaming platform.
Microsoft has not yet replied to Decrypt’s request to confirm the takedown request.
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