In a statement released on the official Xbox website on March 24, Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox, revealed that the company had added a new Education category to the Minecraft Marketplace as a way to help parents continue their children's education through lockdown and quarantine-related school closures due to the Coronavirus.
Microsoft's teams at Xbox and Mojang are clearly paying attention, though, and have moved quickly to make some more resources available to help young gamers find constructive, educational content. Millions of workers have been forced to stay in, either without work or working from home.More news: The first one-on-one debate between Biden and Sanders
Players will able to choose from ten worlds chosen from the Minecraft Education Edition lessons, created by users such as Everbloom, Jigarbov, Lifeboat, Razzleberries, The World Foundry, Blockworks, and Imagiverse.
They include tours of the International Space Station and the inside of a human eye, which "can be played on your own, or with parents or friends". "As I mentioned previously, I believe that video games have a unique power to bring people together, to entertain, inspire and connect us".
"Many are looking to gaming to remain connected with their friends while practising social distancing, and we are seeing an unprecedented demand for gaming from our customers right now". He hopes that screen time limits and content filters will help families "balance gaming with offline schoolwork and other responsibilities". These lessons are now live, and will be free to download through June 30.More news: Scott Morrison says EVERY Australian job is 'essential' as he orders closures
The worlds offer creative writing and puzzles as well as build challenges.
"To that end, we are actively monitoring performance and usage trends to ensure that we are optimizing service for our customers worldwide and taking into account new growth and demand". If you're curious about exploring these new worlds, you can get Minecraft via Android & iOS, Kindle Fire, Windows 10 PC, Gear VR, Oculus Rift, Fire TV, Xbox One, Windows MR, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4.More news: Chinese experts warn of new COVID-19 symptoms