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Minecraft will soon have microtransactions

Microsoft's finally done it: they've introduced microtransactions into Minecraft
By: Derek Strickland | Gaming News | Posted: Apr 10, 2017 2:13 pm

Well Microsoft, you've finally done it. Not content with shoving gambling-style microtransactions in its biggest games (Halo 5 and Gears of War 4), Microsoft unloads a new money-making strategy onto Minecraft, the indie sensation that will soon have its own virtual currency (because why not?!). Minecraft's new strategy culminates with a new storefront and virtual currency combo that will let users buy skins, textures and other content made by their favorite creators.

 

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Minecraft's new digital storefront allows creators and modders sell their user-created maps, mini-games, and skins for virtual currency called Minecraft Coins. These coins can be purchased with real life cash in denominations of 300 MC for $1.99, 840 MC for $4.99, and 1,720 coins for $9.99. Creators earn the lion's share of the sales at over 50%, and 30% goes back to the storefront.

 

"The idea is to give Minecraft creators another way to make a living from the game, allowing them to support themselves in the creation of ever-greater projects, while giving Pocket and Windows 10 players access to a growing catalogue of fun stuff - curated and supplied by us, safely and simply," Microsoft says.

 

Before we freak out too much, Minecraft's digital currency won't be available on consoles or the original Java PC flavor--only the "Bedrock Edition" on Windows 10 phones and tablets.

 

The Minecraft Marketplace will launch with adventure maps, texture packs, minigames and more from big-name creators like Noxcrew, BlockWorks, Qwertyuiop The Pie, Blockception, Sphax, Eneija Silverleaf, Imagiverse, Polymaps and Razzleberry Fox.

 

Microsoft says a public beta will be held on Android in mid-April, and a full-on launch is schedule for "later in Spring." Click here for more info.

NEWS SOURCES:Minecraft.net

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