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Microsoft to open ‘Minecraft’ marketplace with its own currency, third-party content

Lydia Winters, at podium, shows off Microsoft’s “Minecraft” built specifically for HoloLens during a live demo at the Xbox E3 2015 briefing ahead of the Electronic Entertainment Expo at the University of Southern California’s Galen Center on Monday, June 15, 2015 in Los Angeles. Microsoft is promoting the next installment in its popular sci-fi franchise, “Halo 5: Guardians,” at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

The marketplace opens up the opportunity for third-party developers to sell their original content and creations — new story lines, in-game activities or landscapes — to the tens of millions of players of the hugely popular video game. 

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