A group of 29 NFT game developers and members of initiative groups are trying to convince Valve to lift the ban on the release of blockchain games on Steam. In an open letter, they wrote that, in the spirit of the pioneering movement, Steam is asking for a chance for this “fast-paced technology”.
Valve officially announced earlier this month that it is banning the release of programs or games on Steam that allow cryptocurrency or NFT exchanges. The company did not explain the reasons for this decision, but, according to developers familiar with the situation, Valve does not want to get involved with projects that can be of real value. Otherwise, the company may face serious problems from the current legislation of the state of Washington.
In an open letter, NFT developers noted that Valve was one of the innovative companies that allowed the sale and exchange of digital items, including skins and Steam cards.
What do NFT developers really want?
Developers who create projects with NFT integration are strongly convinced that the future of games is in decentralized ownership of digital things, thanks to which gamers get value from the time and effort invested in games. In short, it all comes down to money – NFT developers want to take a bite of the artificial digital scarcity pie. Judging by the position of these developers, for them the essence of games is not about creating a valuable experience for the player, provoking thoughts and feelings, but about creating an ecosystem on which they can sit and earn by taking a percentage of transactions.
NFT in its essence is not possession of a thing. It’s just a check that says that someone bought something, and there is no real exchange. At the same time, most operations are carried out using the Ethereum cryptocurrency, which consumes huge amounts of energy and computing power, harming the environment, just for the structure to work. As practice shows, now the main advantages from NFT are obtained by those who are already rich and influential, or who use technology for not the cleanest business. Over the year since the beginning of the NFT hype, there have been dozens and hundreds of cases of fraud with the sale of other people’s art, games used other people’s art, and scammers took away millions of dollars worth of cryptocurrency. And despite all the claims of supporters, so far NFT has not shown itself to be a positive technology of the future.
The developers of the title The Six Dragons, a game from one of the studios that signed up to the petition, promised that players “will actually own their game assets, freely selling them to other players, putting them up for sale for real money or using them in other game universes.”