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It’s time to discover... Marketplace!

By Microsoft Minecraft Team

April 10, 2017

Community-made goodies coming to Pocket and Windows 10

The Discovery Update is nearly here, bringing with it a wealth of mystery for you to uncover! Hunt secret stashes of loot with cartographer’s maps! Venture into the menacing woodland mansions! Journey beyond the veil of life and return once more with the Totem of Undying!

But there are greater treasures still - made by the amazing Minecraft community and made easily available to you through the all new Marketplace. For the first time, Pocket and Windows 10 players can browse, download and play cool community creations from within the game itself.

We’ve partnered with heroic ‘crafters well-known to the community to build up a launch catalogue of amazing adventure maps, texture packs, minigames and more. Noxcrew, BlockWorks, Qwertyuiop The Pie, Blockception, Sphax, Eneija Silverleaf, Imagiverse, Polymaps and Razzleberry Fox are the folk on board at launch, but we’re opening up submissions to anyone with a registered business. For more info on how to apply, go here!

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. And, of course, you can still manually download free community creations you’ve found out there on the internet, too.

To make all this happen, we’re introducing Minecraft Coins which you can buy using in-app purchases on your device. Coins let creators set flexible prices and take their share of what they sell. 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.

For players, you’ll be able access whatever you buy across devices using your (free!) Xbox Live account. We’re currently talking with our platform partners about how to make this happen, so stay tuned.

We'll have a public beta launching on Android in mid-April. This will focus on testing the new Minecraft Coins, so you won’t see any creator content in the beta, but we'll add that when we launch later in Spring. Let us know what you think! Because this is a big change, we’re eager to hear the questions you might have - and we’ll be compiling an FAQ addressing them in the next couple of weeks, as well as holding a Reddit AMA on Thursday, 20 April, from 9am - 12pm PST. Drop by!

Look out for articles on our amazing launch partners, too. There’s lots of awesome stuff to discover!

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