Steam has banned blockchain and NFT games from being added to the store
The largest gaming platform Steam has banned the addition of blockchain games. Banhammer also includes games that offer non-fungible tokens to their users.
Valve, behind Steam, yesterday updated the platform's rules and guidelines, under which “blockchain-based applications providing digital currency exchange or NFTs” were removed from the platform and will no longer be allowed to be hosted.
One of the first to notice this “innovation” was the developer of SpacePirate Games, the team that created a sci-fi blockchain game with NFT called Age of Rust. According to the developer, he quickly came to terms with Valve's decision, however, he still believes that the future of the gaming industry lies with blockchain and NFT projects. He announced this in his Twitter account.
Such a move could play a cruel joke on Valve itself, as NFT projects are becoming more popular. In a recent report, DappRadar noted that the number of unique active cryptocurrency wallets connected to gaming dApps exceeded 754,000 in the third quarter of 2021 alone. progress of financing more than $152 million at an estimate of $3 billion.
Recall that in 2016 Valve announced its intention to implement accepting payments in bitcoin equivalent. However, she soon decided to abandon this idea, citing inflated commissions and asset volatility.
The head of another large gaming platform, which is rapidly gaining popularity among gamers Epic Games Store (EGS), Tim Sweeney, reacted almost immediately to the news. He said that the service is happy with any undertakings by developers in the field of blockchain games if they do not violate the current legislation. Sweeney also noted that while Epic Games themselves did not plan to add non-fungible tokens to their own projects, he emphasized a little earlier that too many scammers are still operating in this area.
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