Valve has banned the release of blockchain games with cryptocurrency and NFT on Steam
Valve will no longer allow Steam to release games built on blockchain technology and allowing the issuance or exchange of cryptocurrency and NFT (non-interchangeable tokens).
Valve will no longer allow Steam to release games built on blockchain technology and allowing the issuance or exchange of cryptocurrency and NFT (non-interchangeable tokens). The change in the company's policy was announced tonight by the developers of Age of Rust from Space Pirate Games.
The studio had to remove the game from the store, because the whole point of Age of Rust was precisely in the blockchain: users solved puzzles, earned NFT assets.
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
It's worth noting that content creators have been expecting this for a long time. The developers were concerned about the growing impact of cryptocurrencies on climate change (namely, increased CO2 emissions), as well as numerous frauds that cost buyers thousands and millions of dollars.
Valve's interest in banning crypto products may be related not so much to the environment as to a negative attitude towards games in which digital items are treated as real assets. In 2019, the company changed the principle of operation of loot boxes in Counter-Strike to counter money laundering. Previously, players earned loot boxes by playing free Counter-Strike, but they could only open them by buying keys for real money.