An update to Steam‘s rules and guidelines reveal that the site has banned games that are built on blockchain technology or allow for NFT and cryptocurrency trading. Steam has updated its onboarding page for partners and Steamworks users with a line that makes it clear that Valve will soon ban NFT trading games from the platform.
Under the heading “what you shouldn’t publish on Steam”, a new rule states that “applications built on blockchain technology that issue or allow exchange of cryptocurrencies or NFTs” should not be distributed on the platform.
game creators are reporting that their games utilising NFTs are being removed from the platform. Below, the Twitter account for Age Of Rust – in which players “collect in-game NFTs” – announced that “Steam will be kicking all blockchain games off the platform, including Age Of Rust“.
As it stands, there are numerous games on Steam that currently tie NFT and cryptocurrency into its gameplay. One of which is Mir4, which allows players to earn cryptocurrency in-game despite negative reviews highlighting allegedly boring gameplay.
Outside of an update to the rules and guidelines for Steamworks, Valve has not yet issued a statement in regards to its stance on NFT games. NME has reached out to the company for a comment, and we will update this story if one is issued.
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