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Valve bans cryptocurrency video games and NFTs from Steam

Valve has knowledgeable builders that it’ll now not be permitting video games constructed on blockchain expertise that concern or permit for the trade of cryptocurrencies or NFTs (non-fungible tokens) on Steam.

This morning the corporate reached out to builders like SpacePirate Video games, the group behind Age of Rust to tell them of the coverage change, which is now formally listed below Valve’s Guidelines and Pointers for sport builders. SpacePirate selected to take away Age of Rust from Steam reasonably than take away its cryptocurrency property, because the entire raison d’etre of Age of Rust is to let gamers earn NFT property by fixing puzzles. 

That is welcome information for builders involved each about the rising affect of cryptocurrencies on local weather change (some currencies can emit extra CO2 than small nations), and for builders anxious in regards to the quite a few crypto scams which have value purchasers hundreds, and typically tens of millions of {dollars}. 

Valve’s curiosity in banning crypto merchandise could also be much less in regards to the surroundings and extra its continued distaste for video games that deal with digital objects as real-world property. In 2019, it altered how Counter-Strike loot works to counter cash laundering. On the time, gamers might earn loot bins totally free enjoying Counter-Strike, however might solely open them by shopping for (or buying and selling for) keys from Valve for actual cash.

By the point the important thing system was shut down, Valve said that “almost all key purchases that find yourself being traded or offered on {the marketplace} are believed to be fraud-sourced.”

We have reached out to Valve for touch upon this coverage change, and can replace our story in the event that they reply.

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