Minecraft is a sandbox video game, i.e a game where the player has the ability to create, modify, or destroy their environment. It is the best-selling video game of all time, with over 180 million copies sold across all platforms and over 112 million monthly active players by 2019.
In Minecraft, players explore a blocky, procedurally-generated 3D world, and may discover and extract raw materials, craft tools, build structures or earthworks, depending on game mode.
But since the Corona pandemic and worldwide lockdown is not allowing kids to go to school, Minecraft came up with an appealing idea. It now has new and free educational content available on Minecraft Marketplace.
Since Xbox owns Minecraft, its head Phil Spencer addressed the Minecraft community on Tuesday, announcing a new education category in the marketplace, designed to help students now at home.
“We are living in unprecedented times, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the lives of people around the world and changed the way we go about our daily lives. Here at Microsoft, we’re constantly asking ourselves what we can do to support people during this challenging time,” Spencer added.
With the new educational content, players can “explore the International Space Station through a partnership with NASA, learn to code with a robot, visit famous Washington D.C. landmarks, find and build 3D fractals, and learn what it’s like to be a marine biologist.” All this content and more will be available through June 30, the informed.
“We understand the important role gaming is playing right now to connect people and provide joy in these isolating and stressful times, and our teams are working diligently to ensure we can be there for our players. to that end, we are actively monitoring performance and usage trends to ensure we’re optimizing the service for our customers worldwide and accommodating for new growth and demand.” Spencer said.
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