Microsoft have announced they will be releasing a new online store for Minecraft. This store will promote player-created adventure maps, skins, and texture maps this Spring. The Minecraft Marketplace will release alongside the 1.1 Discovery update and will only be available on mobile and Windows 10 versions of the game.
In the update post, it states that players will be able to “set flexible prices and take their share of what they sell,” and will utilize a Minecraft Coins currency. It also states..
“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 percent 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.”
Microsoft estimates that Minecraft Coins will cost around $1.99 for 300 coins, $4.99 for 840 coins, and $9.99 for 1,720 coins. The Marketplace will enter a limited public beta in mid-April and to everyone this Spring.