Minecraft is one of the most important games at the moment, and it does not seem like this will change. With 100 million registered users and 74 million monthly active users, Minecraft continues to grow and so has the game’s importance in everyday life. Minecraft has helped students in the classroom, connected fans with their favorite artists, and most importantly, connected with indie developers to help make them money.
Towards the end of 2016, Microsoft reached out to two virtual creators in hopes of working together. Stefan Panic and Joe Arsenault create virtual environments and mini games with Minecraft, and Microsoft wanted in on the action.
Microsoft wants to provide a marketplace for Minecraft creators
Microsoft invited creators like Panic and Arsenault into the program, allowing them to create Minecraft creations and sell them to players. According to Fast Company, Microsoft has paid out more than $7 million to 45 creators since last June. Microsoft’s program allows creators to sell their own Minecraft tweaks, mini-games, and personal maps. One teenager is paying for college with money he made from his Minecraft creations and others have quit their jobs and are creating full-time.
Though many developers may not be as popular as Mojang, opportunities are still available to them to create and develop their ideas and ultimately share them with millions of people.
The collaboration with Microsoft creators will surely continue to grow. And, as the Minecraft business grows, so will Good Gaming. Good Gaming has one of the best Minecraft servers and a growing esports company.