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Valve gets rid of all blockchain, crypto, and NFT games on the Steam platform

Steam will no longer feature games that issue NFTs and crypto to users (Image source: Steam)
Steam will no longer feature games that issue NFTs and crypto to users (Image source: Steam)
In a recent policy change, Valve decided that the Steam platform would no longer support games built on blockchain technology that let users receive or exchange crypto or NFT assets, raising questions about the future of player-owned NFT assets.

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In a move that raises questions about the future of NFTs in video games, Valve announced a policy change for games on Steam built around blockchain technology. Per the new guidelines, games will not be allowed on the platform if they are built around blockchain tech and issue or allow users to exchange cryptocurrency or NFTs.

According to @SpacePirate_io, developer of Age of Rust, a game that assigns NFTs to in-game items, Valve’s decision is likely due to the fact that in-game items tied to NFTs would have real-world value.

While there aren’t a lot of games on Steam with an NFT or crypto-based mechanic, the idea of the player ownership of in-game assets via NFT allocation has been picking up pace with titles like Age of Rust and others. 

While Valve’s response has been to completely ban titles with an NFT mechanic, competitor Epic stated that it was “open” to the idea of games that use NFTs, though what this means in terms of rules and restrictions isn’t yet clear. 

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Arjun Krishna Lal
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I've had a passion for PC gaming since 1996, when I watched my dad score frags in Quake as a 1 year-old. I've gone on to become a Penguin-published author and tech journalist. Apart from working as an editor at Notebookcheck, I write for outlets including TechSpot and Gamingbolt. I’m the Director of Content at Flying V Group, one of the top 5 digital marketing agencies in Orange County. When I'm not traveling the world, gathering stories for my next book, you can find me tinkering with my PC.
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Arjun Krishna Lal, 2021-10-16 (Update: 2021-10-16)