April 19, 2024
Minecraft Creator Mojang Forces Shutdown of Play-to-Earn Bitcoin Feature on Satlantis Server
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Minecraft Creator Mojang Forces Shutdown of Play-to-Earn Bitcoin Feature on Satlantis Server

According to the creators, Mojang, the company that created Minecraft, demanded that play-to-earn functionality be removed from an independent, fan-run PC game server that paid players in Bitcoin.

David Dineno, the creator of the Satlantis server, claimed late on Friday that Mojang—a Microsoft-owned company like Minecraft—had requested that the play-to-earn functionality be disabled. Users may acquire and withdraw tiny sums of Bitcoin thanks to this capability.

Dineno encouraged users to remove their satoshis, the smallest unit of value in Bitcoin, from the server after announcing that Satlantis’ play-to-earn feature will be disabled at noon ET on Monday. The developers claim, though, that they intend to resurrect the idea in a future game.

“This sucks. There’s no getting around that,” Dineno’s post wrote. “But Satlantis will live on.”

“‘The Game That Shares its Profits with Players’ works. And it works well,” the post further continues. “All of the time, money, and energy that we put into this game together will not be forsaken by a few dinosaurs at some conglomerate. We will be porting the Satlantis community to a platform that encourages innovation instead of stifling it.”

After the deadline tomorrow, Satlantis stated that it will still fulfil Bitcoin withdrawal requests made outside of the game but that it will eventually move all profits, in-game purchases, and player statuses to its new gaming platform. Satlantis will continue to operate after tomorrow’s deadline, but Bitcoin revenues are not authorized.

“This is not at all something I wanted to do. I didn’t have a choice,” he stated. “Mojang threatened to block our server IP and cease-and-desist our server host if we didn’t comply.”

According to Dineno, Mojang effectively told Minecraft users to “have fun staying poor” when it reportedly demanded that Satlantis stop its play-to-earn feature.

He claimed that over 2,300 people had joined Satlantis, that they “loved it,” and that the server had already awarded one full Bitcoin (current value: $26,450 as of this writing) in awards. Dineno stated that one athlete got in touch with them after hearing the news to communicate his shock and indicate that the money had been helpful to him.

“Messages like that have me more invigorated than ever to keep building,” Dineno explained. “We’ve been working nonstop since the news and already have a prototype successor up and running. So we should have some news on that sooner than people were probably expecting.”

The previously stated prohibition on NFT functionality has now been joined by a ban on play-to-earn elements in user-operated servers in the revised use rules for Minecraft. The exact date when the guidelines changed was not made public.

The alleged lawsuit against Satlantis brings to mind the earlier controversy involving NFT Worlds, a firm that offered tokenized land plots for a devoted Minecraft fan server. When Mojang revealed its intention to outlaw token-gated features, NFT Worlds stated that it would look into alternative methods to proceed. Ultimately, the company changed its name to Hytopia and developed a game engine that is similar to Minecraft; a beta version is expected to be released shortly.

Not just the popular game Minecraft has banned NFTs and cryptocurrencies from its fan servers. Following a spike in servers where players were selling NFTs to symbolize limited-edition automobiles and other in-game products, Rockstar Games stated in November 2022 that both would be prohibited from the popular open-world game Grand Theft Auto V.

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