Meta revealed on Monday that it has begun testing user monetization features within Horizon Worlds. Starting today, a small set of producers will be able to start developing digital objects and effects that will be sold directly within the virtual social area. With the launch of today’s test, only users over the age of 18 in the United States and Canada will be able to purchase such items. By clicking the Commerce tab and gadget within the app’s Create mode, creators may begin creating goods to sell.
“While we’re launching this today as a test with a handful of creators to get their feedback, these tools are steps toward our long-term vision for the metaverse where creators can earn a living and people can purchase digital goods, services, and experiences,” the company said.
According to Meta, creators who wish to participate in its monetization scheme must adhere to the criteria specified in its Prohibited Content Policy. As with Facebook and Instagram, the firm is delegating some moderation to individuals. “If you observe something that looks to violate our policies, you may file a report for us to evaluate,” it stated.
Meta has also begun piloting a bonus scheme with US-based producers with today's announcement. Those interested can earn extra money by meeting the company’s monthly goals. Meta will not charge fees on such bonuses and will pay them out at the end of each month.
The tools launched today effectively see Meta putting the basic pieces for CEO Zuckerberg’s vision of the metaverse, which he articulated at Connect 2021. However, it’s simple to see how such technologies may contribute to the company’s NFT objectives. “If you imagine what some future metaverse [would look like] at some point down the line, clearly the ability to sell virtual goods and take them with you from one world to another is going to be an important part of it,” Zuckerberg said in a recent interview conducted, where else, but in Horizon Worlds.