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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Minecraft: New marketplace for community creators

Minecraft wants to make it easier for players to get hold of content made by fans and community creators.

Many users already build intricate worlds to explore, adventures to play or even modify the game itself to offer brand new experiences within it.
Now they'll be able to officially sell that content through the game itself in the new Minecraft Marketplace.
"We want to enable entrepreneurs to set up businesses on our platform," producer John Thornton tells Newsbeat.
Until now people who create adventure maps, character skin packs or experiences to play in the game have not been allowed to sell them directly to other players.
Only official Minecraft content could be sold in that way, but that hasn't stopped some people making a living from the game.
James Delaney, is founder of a group of Minecraft creators called Blockworks and he's managed to create a business despite the restrictions.
The Marketplace is welcome news for him.
"Hopefully it's the start of regular and stable income," he tells Newsbeat.
"In the past we've been relying on commissions to come in, and you're never quite sure when that is."
He's in charge of 62 creators working in 20 different countries.
Their main source of income come from building Minecraft-based content for marketing and educational campaigns.
James "got quite into" building Minecraft maps with friends online and realised a few years later that there was an opportunity to make a living.
"At least we know there is an audience there for our content now," he says.
"If it's successful, we know we can keep working on a more regular and stable basis.
"Also it's content we can choose to produce, rather than be asked to make, so we've got creative control over it in that regard."
Source By BBC.COM


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