Valve appears to be setting new rules for games on Steam, especially games that involve trading or receiving cryptocurrency and NFT. The change was shared by SpacePirate Games, developers of Age Of Rust, who say they were informed this week of the new ban. On the Steamworks portal, a new type of content that cannot be published on Steam has been added. “Applications based on blockchain technology that issue or enable the exchange of cryptocurrencies or NFTs. ”
NFTs have been introduced to games throughout this year. Enough for Devolver to satirize them and Will Wright’s next game be built on them. If you haven’t seen them popping up everywhere lately, they’re basically digital certificates conferring proof of ownership of often intangible objects. They operate on the same blockchain technology as cryptocurrency but are not a currency themselves. Here’s an explanation of NFTs in general if that still sounds like a lot of jargon.
As for Age Of Rust, the Steam store page, where the game is not currently for sale, explains that “Age Of Rust is a blockchain game, which uses NFTs on the Enjin platform. Some of the puzzles Age Of Rust are eligible for players to receive an NFT as an achievement. The game also uses NFTs from other games as well as Enjin’s Multiverse NFTs.
Thus, in-game achievements that grant even more unique in-game items than unique in-game items typically are. Also, the blockchain says this is your extra unique item, giving it value among other people who really like extra unique items in the game. All of that and then the environmental impact issues. of their creation and marketing, of course.
“Behind the scenes, we had good communication and were upfront with Steam,” say the SpacePirate games. Steam’s take on NFTs, according to SpacePirate, is that “items have value and they don’t allow items that may have real value on their platform.”
Steam is already trafficking digital objects sold between players with its marketplace, be careful. Special CS: GO knives at crazy prices, right? However, they are not built on the blockchain and are bought and sold with non-crypto currencies.
I reached out to Steam to find out if this policy is really new, although it did not appear on their Steamworks portal earlier this month, and what motivated their decision to remove NFTs and crypto games from their. store. I’ll let you know if they answer in their own words on the subject.