Minecraft Adding Educational Content In Response To School Closings

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Microsoft is adding in educational content within Minecraft due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, as schools around the world have closed down.

Minecraft is bringing in a new Educational category to the marketplace which allows everyone to download the content for free. They are offering "courses" on topics such as the International Space Station, marine biology, and renewable energy.

“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," Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, stated in a blog post. "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.”

Due to the ongoing pandemic, most countries are undergoing a lockdown which only allows them to buy essential items. Gaming is helping people stay together (while staying inside) with publishers giving out free games and allowing everyone to enjoy their time together. This is an amazing gesture from Microsoft/Mojang to help students learn more in a creative way while having fun at the same time.

All the content will be available through June 30, 2020 and is free to grab. If you have the Bedrock version of Minecraft, you just have to launch the game and visit the in-game store. you can also play Minecraft on Android, iOS, Kindle Fire, Windows 10 PC, Gear VR, Oculus Rift, Fire TV, Xbox One, Windows, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4.

So, what are your thoughts on Minecraft bringing educational content to players? Do you think this will keep players entertained while they are under lockdown? Personally, I think it’s a good time to learn about many other things and take the opportunity Mojang is offering. Whatever your thoughts may be, let us know in the comments below.

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