Paid Minecraft mods to appear in Marketplace update

minecraft marketplace paid mods minecraftstore01
Microsoft/Mojang
Microsoft has announced it will add a new storefront for buying and selling third-party mods to Minecraft in a new update this Spring. The storefront, called “Minecraft Marketplace,” will arrive as part of the upcoming Discovery Update 1.1  for the C++ based “bedrock” versions of Minecraft — Windows PC, VR, and the mobile “pocket” edition and will provide an curated list of de facto official mods to the game.

Although user-generated content has been a major component of many PC games over the years, Minecraft has been built upon its foundation. While the base game has always offered a strong, creative experience, users have added to that experience in all kinds of ways with interesting and experimental additions. According to Microsoft, Minecraft Marketplace will standardize quality, protect children from mature content and help curators make a living.

In Microsoft’s mind, the Marketplace will help younger gamers gain immediate access to some of the best maps, mods, and texture packs that are available, rather than having to sift through mountains of lower-quality creations to find the nuggets of gold.

minecraft marketplace paid mods minecraftstore02
Microsoft/Mojang

Although popular content added to the store will be curated by the community — only the best-received maps and mods will make it through — Microsoft is also enforcing a strict maximum 10-plus age rating. Anything that wouldn’t be appropriate for younger audiences will not be allowed in the store. That could be a welcome addition for parents, who would rather their young builders didn’t stumble across more raunchy skin packs and worlds.

Minecraft Marketplace will use a new virtual currency, “Minecraft Coins,” though that currency can only be purchased with real money and not earned. Microsoft’s said that 30 percent of revenue from Minecraft coin sales will go to the app platforms – Google on Android and Apple on iOS in the case of Minecraft Pocket – and the rest will be split between content creators and the Minecraft team. Microsoft told Digital Trends that the “majority” would go to content creators, but didn’t clarify an exact percentage.

The first creators, whose mods will be available when the store launches, include Noxcrew, BlockWorks, Qwertyuiop The Pie, Blockception, Sphax, Eneija, Imagiverse, Polymaps and Razzleberry Fox, all of whom added unique adventure maps, texture packs, and entire game worlds.

Anyone interested in applying to add mods to Minecraft Marketplace can sign up through the Minecraft Partner Program. All creators are required to have a business license to sell mods on the store.

Updated on 04/12/17 by Jon Martindale – Corrected statements on Bedrock engine, Minecraft Coins and clarified earnings split.

Gaming

‘PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ gets a full release on Xbox One in September

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds released as part of the Xbox Preview program back in December on Xbox One, but the game's full release hasn't arrived yet. That will change on September 4.
Gaming

Need a new game for your PlayStation 4? You've come to the right place

Looking for the best PS4 games out there? Out of the massive crop of titles available, we selected the best you should buy. No matter what your genre of choice may be there's something here for you.
Gaming

Is your Xbox One collecting dust? These games will bring you back

More than four years into its lifespan, Microsoft's latest console is finally coming into its own. From 'Cuphead' to 'Halo 5,' the best Xbox One games offer something for everyone.
Home Theater

These must-have apps will help you make the most out of your new Apple TV

If you're looking to turn your fourth-generation Apple TV or Apple TV 4K into an all-in-one entertainment powerhouse, we can help you get started with this list of the best Apple TV apps you can download.
Gaming

The N64 was an all-star console with a line-up of all-star games. These were the best.

The Nintendo 64 introduced a long list of top-tier games, but which were the iconic platform's best? From Mario Party to Ocarina of Time to NFL Blitz, check out our picks for the best N64 games.
Gaming

‘Dark Souls Trilogy’ bundles all three games on Xbox One and PS4

Bandai Namco will release the Dark Souls Trilogy, a bundle containing all three games and their DLC, including Dark Souls Remastered, this October. The bundle will release for Xbox One and PS4.
Gaming

Watch two new character trailers for ‘Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’

Ubisoft has released two separate trailers for Assassin's Creed Odyssey, each focusing on one of the two playable Greek characters you'll be able to select at the start of the game.
Gaming

‘Saints Row: The Third’ gets a surprising port to the Nintendo Switch

Deep Silver announces that it's bringing the third Saints Row game to a Nintendo console next year. They also allude to more information following this news this week at Gamescom 2018.
Gaming

‘Battlefield V’ goes all-in on multiplayer customization, team-focused play

DICE wants users to play as a squad in Battlefield V, so it makes sense that combat classes now have specific roles, loadouts, and perks. At Gamescom, the new Battlefield V trailer showed off combat roles and character/weapon customization.
Computing

HTC’s new wireless adapter for the Vive arrives in September for $300

Sick of tripping over the HTC Vive’s cord when moving blindly across physical space? HTC’s new wireless adapter is here to help. But it costs $300 and requires you to install an add-in card. That is bad news for laptop owners.
Computing

Only 11 games support Nvidia ray tracing, and you haven't heard of a few of them

These are the upcoming games that support ray tracing rendered on Nvidia's RTX series graphics cards. They aren't many in number at this point, but thanks to the power of ray tracing, they are some of the best looking games ever made.
Gaming

Need a bot to watch your Discord chat while you're away? Here's how to make one

Gaming-centric online chat application Discord has a lot of uses, but to get the most out of your Discord server, you might want to think about automation. Discord bots can help, taking care of minor functions like listing the rules of your…
Gaming

‘Overwatch’ adds to its expanding lore with a new animated short on August 22

On August 22, Blizzard will drop a new animated short at Gamescom 2018 in Germany and on the PlayOverwatch YouTube channel. It may feature one of the original heroes who hasn't been in their own animated film yet
Computing

‘Tomb Raider’ devs respond to RTX 2080 Ti, ray tracing performance concerns

The developers behind Shadow of the Tomb Raider responded to concerns about the game running poorly on Nvidia’s just-revealed GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics card with ray tracing enabled. They say it’s still a work in progress.