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Steam banning games with NFTs and cryptocurrency

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Valve appear to be laying down some new rules for games on Steam, specifically games that involve trading or receiving cryptocurrancy and NFTs. The change has been shared by SpacePirate Games, developers of Age Of Rust, who say they were notified this week about the new prohibition. Over in the Steamworks portal, a new type of content that cannot be published on Steam has been added. "Applications built on blockchain technology that issue or allow exchange of cryptocurrencies or NFTs."


NFTs have wormed into gaming throughout this year. Enough so anyway that Devolver are satirizing them and Will Wright's next game is built on them. If you'd not spotted them popping up in the rest of everywhere recently, they're essentially digital certificates bestowing proof of ownership of often intangible items. They run on the same blockchain tech as cryptocurrencty but aren't currency themselves. Here's an explainer on NFTs generally if that still sounds like a lot of jargon.


As for Age Of Rust, the Steam store page, on which the game is not actually for sale now, explains that "Age Of Rust is a blockchain game, which uses NFT's on the Enjin Platform. Some of the puzzles in 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 the Multiverse NFTs from Enjin."


Steam's developer portal now explicitly prohibits games that involve trading or receiving cryptocurrency...



Didn't know this was happening. 

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