Meta is testing new tools for Horizon Worlds creators that will enable them to experiment with different ways of monetization on the virtual platform.
Meta is testing several new tools that will enable creators to experiment with different ways to monetize what they’re building in Horizon Worlds. The tests are being launched with a handful of creators. Horizon Worlds is a free virtual reality, online video game with an integrated game creation system developed and published by Meta Platforms for Oculus Rift S and Oculus Quest 2.
Selling Virtual Items & Effects
Meta is beginning to roll out a test that will let creators sell virtual items and effects within their worlds. For example, someone could make and sell attachable accessories for a fashion world or offer paid access to a new part of a world.
Purchasing items in Horizon Worlds is available to users who are 18+ of age in the US and Canada where Horizon Worlds is currently available. Creators selling items will see a Commerce tab and gizmo when they’re in Create mode that lets them add purchasable items.
Bonus Programs For Creators
In addition to introducing in-world purchases, Meta is also beginning to test a Horizon Worlds Creator Bonus program for participants in the US.
These bonuses come in the form of goal-oriented monthly programs where the creators are paid out at the end of the month for their progress toward the goal. Creator bonuses are not subject to fees and will be paid to creators in full. For now, in this limited test, creators will be rewarded for building worlds that attract the most time spent, but over time we may evolve these goals, for example, to encourage creators to adopt new tools or features we roll out.
Creators who are participating in any monetization programs, including in-world purchases and creator bonuses, are required to follow all of their policies for Horizon Worlds including the Conduct in VR Policy and Horizon Worlds Prohibited Content Policy in order to be eligible for earnings.
While the new creator bonuses and in-world purchases tools are only tested with a handful of creators today, Meta is also continuing to roll out more tools and support for all creators that make building new worlds even easier.