An update to Steam rules and policies shows that the site has banned games based on blockchain technology or that enable NFT and cryptocurrency trading.
Valve will ban games that trade NFTs from the platform
Steam has updated its onboarding page for partners and Steamworks users, clarifying that Valve will soon ban games that trade NFTs from the platform. Under the heading “what you shouldn’t publish on Steam,” a new rule states that “applications based on blockchain technology that enable the issuance or exchange of cryptocurrencies or NFTs” should not be distributed on the platform.
Game developers are reporting that their games that use NFTs are being removed from the platform. One example of this is the game Age Of Rust, in which players collect NFTs in-game. The game tweeted on its main account that “Steam will be kicking all blockchain games off the platform, including Age Of Rust. ” The Age Of Rust’s Twitter account adds that its understanding is that “Steam takes the stance that items have value, and they do not allow items on their platform that may have real-world value.”
Mir4 is one of the affected games
Numerous games on Steam currently incorporate NFTs and cryptocurrencies into their gameplay. One of them is Mir4, a free-to-play open world Asian-fantasy MMORPG where users can earn using NFTs found in the game. One of the players told Cryptonary that they can’t make any purchases anymore using their steam wallet. A community manager in the Discord of Mir4 also explained the only way the game could be back on Steam is by either removing function entirely from the Steam client or the whole game.
Aside from an update to Steamworks rules and policies, Valve has yet to comment on its stance towards NFT games.