Minecraft goes Web3 on Polygon

Minecraft is getting an update for Web3 thanks to a few developers who are not affiliated with Microsoft.

Minecraft goes Web3 on Polygon

Minecraft is getting an update for Web3 thanks to a few developers who are not affiliated with Microsoft.

An overlay based on Polygon's overlays a Minecraft server with the NFT Worlds project. This is an Ethereum sidechain offering lower gas fees (i.e. transaction fees) for users.

Players will be able to use the $WRLD ERC-20 token to purchase items for their Minecraft experience through NFT Worlds' blockchain layer, which will work with Minecraft.

There are parts of Minecraft's software that are open source, which means anyone with the right technical knowledge can build on it.

Furthermore, Minecraft has no established economy like Roblox, which has a virtual marketplace and its own digital currency (not crypto) called Robux.

In NFT Worlds, players can experience a metaverse experience within an existing game, which is good news for Minecraft fans and NFT collectors alike.

Various forms of NFTs–unique crypto tokens that represent ownership rights over an asset–are available on the blockchain. As for NFT Worlds, these are pieces of virtual land.

Ten thousand worlds exist, ranging in appearance from snowy tundra to forest islands to huge volcanoes.

For a plot of land, the current floor price is 14.5 Ether. Minecraft's player base has grown since Microsoft bought its developer, Mojang Studios, in 2014 for a staggering $2.5 billion. By 2021, there will be over 141 million monthly active users for the game.

In a three-day period this month, NFT Worlds reported that 26,000 player hours were logged on a test server. In February this year, after remaining mostly unchanged for months, the average price for an NFT World jumped by 10 Ethereum.

NFT Worlds co-founder ArkDev stated in a tweet last Wednesday that the worlds are "huge."

Temptranquil added that a player in NFT Worlds could not just walk across an entire piece of land without a transportation system:

"Future NFT Worlds development plans include using EIP-2771 to enable cheaper 'meta transactions' on Ethereum, which will reduce gas usage and friction.

Besides creating an online marketplace, NFT Worlds plans to create a 'global auction house.'"

Minecraft was chosen by the co-founders because they considered Microsoft to be a developer-friendly and less strict platform than Roblox.

ArkDev said the game development system for Minecraft is robust, custom-made, and thriving.

A press release at the time indicated that Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard last month was intended to help it develop "building blocks for the metaverse."

Microsoft seems to support metaverse thinking in general, as the company bought Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion.

The risks involved in creating a web3 world based on an existing centralized game owned by a billion-dollar company are substantial.

ArkDev and Temptranquil know that there is a chance that they could be "rugged" by Microsoft at any time, meaning they could be sued and have their project shut down.

They keep close communication with Microsoft representatives to ensure they don't violate the End User License Agreement (EULA) at any stage of the development process.

According to Minecraft's EULA, users are not permitted to "make commercial use of anything we've made" or "earn money from anything we've made." NFT Worlds may be subject to these rules in the future.

Tranquil said in the Twitter Space that they work closely with IP enforcement.

"We have meetings with them all the time, and they are always in our Discord. However, Microsoft has yet to approve the project. It's not like we're getting the green light–they're just watching from the sidelines, but I think they see us as the utmost example of someone using their product," Tranquil says.