Blockchain games and NFTs are now banned on the Steam platform, according to its new Steamworks documentation.
This change was pointed out by an NFT developer called SpacePirate_io, stating that the change was implemented because the company doesn’t want to allow games that give players items with real-world value.
Community: A few minutes ago, we were notified that @Steam will be kicking *all blockchain games* off the platform, including Age of Rust, because NFTs have value. Behind the scenes, we've had good communication and have been upfront with Steam. #blockchaingames #NFT
— Age of Rust (@SpacePirate_io) October 14, 2021
On the other side of the spectrum, Epic told The Verge that they are open to the idea of games that use either NFTs or cryptocurrency structure. Although they are open to the idea, they did note that there would be some limitations but are willing to work with the developers who engage in this field.
Epic Games Store will welcome games that make use of blockchain tech provided they follow the relevant laws, disclose their terms, and are age-rated by an appropriate group. Though Epic's not using crypto in our games, we welcome innovation in the areas of technology and finance. https://t.co/6W7hb8zJBw
— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) October 15, 2021
Epic also shares that the games would have to comply with financial laws, make it clear how the blockchain works, and have appropriate agings. They also added that the Epic platform would not accept crypto as a form of payment.
Valve has yet to give its thoughts about the matter, so stick around for more updates like this.