December 21, 2023

Epic Games Allows AO Blockchain Games Back To Their Platform

Epic Games

Epic Games

The Epic Games Store, a digital distribution platform created by Epic Games, the developer of popular video games such as Fortnite and Unreal Tournament, has made an interesting decision to allow blockchain-powered video games that were previously categorized as “Adults Only” (AO) by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) back onto their platform, according to their latest updates.

This marks a significant change from the platform’s previous strict ban on AO-rated games, which are typically associated with excessive nudity or violence. The marketplace’s content guidelines page now states that the Epic Games Store will make an “exception for products in cases where an AO rating was applied solely due to the usage of blockchain or NFT technology.”

In a statement to The Verge, a spokesperson for Epic Games confirmed the move, stating that some blockchain-based video games received AO ratings only because of their specific implementation of blockchain.

The Epic Games Store has recently made an update that includes the return of previously removed games like Gods Unchained and Striker Manager 3. These games were taken down due to their ratings but have now been restored.

The ESRB’s AO rating is known to be the strictest, which has led some stores to completely avoid selling such games. However, unlike some platforms such as Steam and Itch.io, which allow AO games and give users the option to filter them, Steam has not yet embraced blockchain games. According to blockchain developers, Steam’s perspective is that they do not allow items that can have real-world value on their platform since these items hold value.

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