Sustainability-focused group Climate Replay yesterday released a digital ownership pledge for game studios that are looking into implementing NFTs.
The group called for game companies to be responsible in their use of NFTs and answered the most common questions about why they’re problematic, BNN Bloomberg reported. The Group consists mainly of Mojang developers with input from the IGDA’s climate-focused group, academics, and Xbox Game Studios .
“Games give us hope in a world that is increasingly uncertain,” the pledge reads. “They help us unlock our creative potential and free us of real-world constraints — physical, financial, or otherwise.
“It is imperative for the health of the worldwide gaming community, planet, and society as a whole to ensure any adoption of blockchain-based technologies such as NFTs occurs only when they bring demonstrable value to games and their communities, and then in such a way that it considers all of the potential social and environmental impacts.”
The pledge was co-written by Minecraft game designer Cory Scheviak (who is also the founder of Climate Replay) and concept artist Mariana Salimena, BNN Bloomberg said.
A “large number of Mojang staff who did not contribute to the guide’s creation” already signed the pledge, the publication added, as well as Totally Accurate Battle Simulator publisher Landfall Studios.
“To ensure transactions are validated, physical computers need to use their power in an energy-hungry process that relies on fossil fuels, which is directly correlated to carbon emissions. Alternative mechanisms exist today, but it will always depend on energy consumption.”
In a comment to BNN Bloomberg, Scheviak said that “NFTs change the meaning of what a game is,” which is “quite worrying.”