The Wizard of the Coast, the publisher behind the popular fantasy role-playing game Dungeon & Dragons, has abandoned its initial plan to ban non-fungible tokens after heavy community backlash.
D&D Backtrack On NFT Ban After Community Backlash
The fantasy gaming announced plans to prohibit non-fungible tokens on its platform last month. At the time, Dungeons & Dragons sought to amend some of its policies to protect its brand from being exploited by big businesses and third parties.
The Dungeons & Dragons publisher Wizards of the Coast aimed to edit its Open Game License (OGL) to address issues related to its brand. The publisher sought to protect third parties from using its D&D brand in the metaverse, blockchain games, and NFTs.
Moreover, the proposed amendments clarified that OGL content was “limited to tabletop role-playing content like campaigns, modules, and supplements.” The new changes would also ban creators from creating D&D-inspired NFTs.
Unfortunately, these amendments stirred uproar within the tabletop community, pushing the D&D publisher to conduct a short poll before implementing the update. According to a short survey, more than 86% voted against the proposed amendments.
Now, the game publisher has abandoned plans to update its Open Game License entirely. It will place D&D content in its System Reference Document under a Creative Commons license, which is “open and irrevocable.”
Other Game Publishers That Have Banned NFTs
Dungeons & Dragons’ attempt to halt non-fungible tokens on its platform appears a few months after Rockstar Games, a video game publisher, prohibited its users from using NFTs on its online Grand Theft Auto V servers.
Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto V servers used cryptocurrencies and non-fungible tokens to represent ownership of unique items or exclusive access. The game publisher has yet to revert its stake in NFTs.
In July 2022, Minecraft, one of the world’s most popular sandbox games, also announced blocking the use of NFTs and blockchain technology on its servers. The Microsoft-owned studio also banned the creation of NFT projects based on its assets.
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