Web3 Gamer – Cointelegraph Magazine

Pull your sats out of Minecraft now

Back in our July edition, we announced Satlantis, an independent Minecraft server run by the game’s fans, enabled players to earn Bitcoin by completing in-game quests using play-to-earn functionalities. We noted Minecraft developer Mojang’s previous NFT ban and concluded, “Time will show how this integration fairs against the ban.”

Time has shown, as Microsoft subsidiary Mojang has asked Satlantis to remove the play-to-earn features, according to a Discord post by server founder David Dineno. The server accepted the request and removed the feature two days after the Discord post.

The Satlantis founder stood behind the play-to-earn model and expressed his annoyance with the situation, stating:

“The Game That Shares its Profits with Players’ works. And it works well. All of the time, money, and energy that we put into this game together will not be forsaken by a few dinosaurs at some conglomerate.”

Despite the setback, the Satlantis community can take solace in the fact that the team is actively exploring alternative platforms that “encourage innovation instead of stifling it.”

The community of Satlantis backed their platform and shared their disappointment in Mojang (and Microsoft, indirectly) through social media platforms:

@Microsoft Since yesterday I hate Microsoft for not allowing play to earn on the minecraft server satlantis. This was the first time small money making was fun in a way that wasn’t exploitative.
I love the very helpful satlantis community. The best ones out there! @PlaySatlantis

— 2Maique (@2Maique) September 24, 2023

Dineno advised players to withdraw their satoshi, emphasizing they will be diligently processed. Satlantis developers pledged to honor all in-game assets, including sats, prize pools, ASICs, players’ premium battle pass status and all other transferable data. The Minecraft server will remain operational, albeit without its play-to-earn features, as the team aims for a…


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