Blockchain technology that are used by games let users exchange NFTs, or cryptocurrencies that can’t be allowed on Steam. According to the rule added to Valve what users should not publish on Steam list. Space pirate pointed the change a developer working on NFT based game and who said that the change was because the company does not allow the games items, that could have real world value. The Steam could also be avoiding, a controversy with the move.
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Steam is one of the most well known personal computers stores but it can’t only one. Epic CEO said that, company is not interested in touching NFTs and that policy does not seem to apply to games in its store. The way back machine capture of steam rule page from August there are 12 rules, and no mention of the crypto currencies or NFTs.
The steam has a history of making controversial moderation decisions that especially, when it comes to games with the sexual content. Through it does not seem like people are pressing F to pay respects to NFT games. The majority of replies and quote tweets to space pirate tweets are praising Valve for the move.
It is understandable that why steam would want to avoid having NFTs on its platform, besides the justification cited by the space pirated that they could have real world value. Blockchain games don’t have the best reputations, there are infamous Evolved Apes saga where the developer sold NFT with the promise, that they are included in fighting game but then seemingly took the money and ran.
The different approaches by the steam and Epic highlight the fact that any problem or store that moderates content will likely have to make the decision about how it wants to allow the apps or games to sell NFTs. The biggest question is now that may be Apple and how it handles apps like, Open sea and coin base should they decide to start letting users buy the digital tokens.