The 1.1 Discovery update to Minecraft will allow players to create, download, and interact with one another’s creations for the very first time. Available across Windows 10 and mobile, the update allows users to more efficiently purchase user-generated content using Minecraft Coins via in-app purchases. For now, Minecraft Coins will act as in-game money for downloads only, while the app store will take 30% of each download, leaving the rest of the profit for community creators.
New Minecraft Commerce
The public beta for the update is set to launch in mid-April to test Minecraft Coins, but it won’t unveil creator content just yet (more on that below). The staff at minecraft.net explained in a press release how content creators will profit off of this new feature:
It’s super important to us that this is the biggest chunk of the profit: when a cool skin or map gets purchased, the app store platforms take a 30% cut, but creators get the majority after that.
Restrictions and Future Content
Before content creators are able to get their content in the marketplace, Mojang has partnered with larger crafters such as Noxcrew, Polymaps, and Sphax to set initial content-for-sale examples. In order for players to actually sell items in this new market, they must be a part of the Minecraft Partner Program, which makes them an officially registered business.
Then, the user-created content players purchase will be available across all platforms via Xbox Live accounts, so there won’t be any accidental re-buying of the same item or piece of content. To answer questions about the update and all things featured therein, Mojang will host a Reddit AMA on April 20 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. PST.
Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news about the new Minecraft Marketplace and all things Minecraft.