Epic Games To Let Individual Projects Decide on NFTs, Says CEO

Epic Games has breathed a sigh of relief to blockchain game makers looking to build on Unreal Engine after deciding against following Microsoft’s lead into banning NFTs.
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Quick take:

  • Epic Games will not follow Microsoft in banning NFTs from its gaming platforms.
  • CEO Tim Sweeney said Thursday that projects will choose whether or not to integrate blockchain-based products into games.
  • “Stores and operating system makers shouldn’t interfere by forcing their views onto others,” he said.

Epic Games will not ban blockchain integration into in-game builders developing games on its famous Unreal Engine. The company’s game development infrastructure has become one of the most sought-after by game makers looking to create games with photorealistic imaging.

Therefore, with Epic CEO Tim Sweeney ruling out implementing a blanket ban on blockchain integration and NFTs, this will be a welcome statement for blockchain game developers that may have had their jaws dropping following Microsoft and Minecraft’s announcement.

“Stores and operating system makers shouldn’t interfere by forcing their views onto others,” Sweeney said on Thursday.

On Wednesday, a Twitter user asked Sweeney to take the same stand taken by Microsoft and Minecraft and denounce NFTs. “It’d be really nice to see the same opinion from the Epic Games Store,” the user wrote.

Blockchain gaming and metaverse companies like WPP have already leveraged Epic Games’ Unreal Engine graphics technology.

Ring Games, which raised $5 million in a funding round co-led by Animoca Brands and Planetarium last month is building its blockchain game “Stella Fantasy” on Unreal Engine.

On the other hand, leading metaverse gaming studio Gala Games recently announced plans to launch gaming titles on the Epic Games store. The company also announced that its core battle royale game Grit will be the first built on Unreal Engine.

Wilder World metaverse gaming platform is built on the latest edition of the gaming infrastructure, Unreal Engine 5.

These companies illustrate how blockchain games are leveraging leading gaming technologies to create quality games.

Epic Games has forayed into the metaverse, joining the Web3 race. The company this April raised $2 billion from Sony and KIRKBI— each investing $1 billion, to accelerate its metaverse campaign. The fundraising valued the global gaming technology company at a whopping $31.5 billion.

Its ecosystem has since expanded following several partnerships that the company has signed with video game makers looking to leverage its infrastructure.

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