Last week, Valve, the parent company of digital video game distribution service Steam, updated its distribution onboarding guidelines. According to the recently updated rules, the company bans any “blockchain technology-based application that issues or enables the exchange of cryptocurrencies or NFTs.”
Recently updated integration guidelines for Steam say “You should not publish” “Built on blockchain” applications or “Allow trading of NFTs, cryptocurrencies”
Valve appears to have a problem with games that involve blockchain technology, crypto assets, or non-fungible tokenized (NFT) collectibles. The company has quietly updated the home page and the new rule was added to the list of “you shouldn’t publish to Steam” games Interestingly, Steam once supported bitcoin (BTC) for in-store payments but ceased to support BTC in December 2017. The 2017 decision was made 18 months after Valve cleared the storefront to accept the primary crypto asset for payments.
The updated guidelines show that Valve is now reluctant to allow blockchain games, NFT collectibles, and crypto assets on the platform. The decision to ban these concepts comes at a time when blockchain games and the NFT industry have exploded in value and popularity. For example, the Axie Infinity blockchain game has been very popular and captured $ 2.59 billion in NFT sales of all time, according to dappradar.com metric.
Age of Rust Developer: “It’s a setback for all”
On October 14, 2021, the developer of the blockchain game called Age of Rust clarified that the game will no longer be available on Steam. Community: A few minutes ago, we were informed that Steam will be removing * all blockchain games * from the platform, including Age of Rust, because NFTs are valuable. Behind the scenes, we had good communication and were frank with Steam ”, the developer of Age of Rust noted. The operator of the blockchain game added:
We have chosen to be frank about blockchain games and NFTs. As a result, we ultimately lost the battle with Steam. While I’m disappointed [about] Age of Rust being removed, the fact is rather that blockchain games like [a] the whole will be deleted. It is [a] setback for all.
A number of other video game fans and blockchain game developers were disappointed with Valve’s decision to ban these blockchain ideas. Kotaku AU Editor-in-Chief Alex Walker nodded that he wasn’t surprised by Valve’s decision. “Not very surprised that Valve has banned NFTs and crypto games. I doubt it’s because of environmental concerns, but on top of that, they already have an aftermarket and don’t want games to bypass that,” Walker said. The developer of Age of Rust has said he respects Valve’s choice.
“Steam’s point of view is that items have value and they don’t allow items that may have real value on their platform,” the official Age of Rust account. highlighted. “While I respect their choice, I fundamentally believe that NFTs and blockchain games are the future. That’s why I started this journey with all of you.
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