Meta is testing some exciting features to help creators monetize their work within the Horizon Worlds Metaverse platform, the company’s free virtual reality online video game.
In October 2021, Meta announced its USD 10 million Horizon Creators Fund to encourage more people to continue experimenting with Horizon Worlds in beta. The company promised to use the funds in the next year in a few different ways to stimulate creators. These include:
- Competitions: Meta planned a number of community competitions to reward the best worlds in Horizon with cash prizes of up to $10,000.
- Accelerator Program: Meta’s Creator Accelerator Program is an application-based initiative designed to give people an advanced crash course in Horizon Worlds creation.
- Funding For Developers: Meta is also working with external developers to expand on its range of possibilities in terms of product offering.
Recently, the company announced two new features: (1) the option for creators to sell virtual items within their worlds and experiences and (2) the Horizon Worlds Creator Bonus program.
Selling Virtual Products in Your Own Meta World
A handful of creators would have the chance to be the first to try out selling virtual items and effects within their worlds. As examples Meta gives making and selling attachable accessories for a fashion world or offering paid access to a new part of a world. Currently, buying stuff in Horizon Worlds is only available to people 18+ in both the US and Canada.
Bonus Programs for Creators
The Horizon Worlds Creator Bonus program would soon be made available to participants in the US. The stimulus would be goal-oriented, meaning that creators would be paid out at the end of every month depending on their progress. Currently, and for the purpose of testing, creators would be rewarded for building worlds that attract the most time spent. Meta promises to expand the options in the future with the goal of stimulating users to adopt newly launched tools and features. Creators are required to adhere to the policies set by Horizon Worlds including the Conduct in VR Policy and Horizon Worlds Prohibited Content Policy in order to be eligible for monetizing their work.