Economy

Monetize your Creator Toolkit creations with Spatial's Economy system. Create worlds, reward and sell items, and creating a virtual currency. This page introduces the key concepts and features of Spatial's Economy system, which includes worlds, items, currency, and more.

Worlds

A world is an ecosystem or collection of Spatial Spaces, Items, Badges, and Currency. A Spatial World can be thought of as a way of “grouping” your Spatial creations. All assets that belong to the same World share the same economy. A world is automatically created when you first publish a space using the Creator Toolkit. You can see and manage all your Worlds using Spatial Studio. Worlds empower you to create massive, intertwined experiences.

Example

Example: You create two spaces: Andromeda's Lair and Cosmoscape. You group these inside a world named Galactic Realms.

In the Galactic Realms World, you create two items: Lunar Dust and Cosmic Stone. Items collected in one space can be used in all other spaces in that World!

  • Lunar Dust collected from Andromeda's Lair can be used in Cosmoscape.
  • Likewise, Cosmic Stone obtained in Cosmoscape can be used in Andromeda's Lair.

Assign Spaces to a World

World management in the Creator Toolkit

World management in the Creator Toolkit. Demonstrates selecting a default world and creating a new one via the Create New World button.

Multiple spaces can be associated with a single World. This allows items and a single currency to be shared across multiple spaces. Earn World Currency in one space, and spend it in another!

To change which World a Space is associated with:

  • Open the space’s Unity project
  • In the Spatial Portal window, go to the Config tab
  • Next to Default World, open the dropdown and choose the World you want the space to be associated with

Warning

If your space awards World Currency or Items, make sure those Items are already associated with the World you’re moving the space to. Otherwise transacations may break. Learn more at Rewarding Items.

Items

Items allow you to distribute your Creator Toolkit creations into a user’s backpack (inventory). Here are some examples of what you can do with items:

  • Reward: Give users items from your space. For example, reward a custom Martian avatar for completing a Quest, or a Lunar Dust for spending time in your Space!
  • Sell: Items can be priced either in World Currency or Spatial Coins. When items are priced in Coins, you can earn money by selling them to users.

Here are some important concepts to know about items in Spatial

Items are Associated with a World

All items are associated with a World for the following reasons:

  • Discovery: Users can discover where to obtain an item, driving more visits to your spaces!
  • Interoperability: Users can use items obtained from one space in other spaces in your world.

💡 Example: Mike gets a Martian avatar and 10x Lunar Dust for completing your Cosmic Conflucence quest from your space Andromeda's Lair.

  • Maggie sees Mike’s Martian avatar and wants one for herself. She visits your space to try and earn it!
  • You create a second space, Cosmoscape with a secret area that be accessed only if the current user has at least 10x Lunar Dust.

Item Scopes

There are 2 available scopes for an item:

  • Universal: Can be used in any space across Spatial
  • World: Can only be used in the world associated with the space that it was rewarded in.

💡 Example: The Martian avatar has the Universal scope, while Lunar Dust has the World scope.

When an Item is created from a Unity Package, the scope of the item is inherited from the Unity Package configuration.

Item vs Unity Package

Packages are created in Unity, and can be understood to be “Visual Assets” that can be loaded into Spatial. Packages don’t have pricing information nor are you able to distribute them to users.

Items are things you can put in someone’s backpack. You can create an “Avatar Item” for a given “Avatar Package”, which allows you to give that visual asset extra properties, such as a price.

Monetization & Spatial Coins

Spatial Coins are the virtual currency that powers Spatial’s economy. Users buy Coins on the Spatial Platform, and then use them to buy items or upgrades in your experiences!

Purchasing an item with Spatial Coins

Importantly, coins allow you to monetize your experiences. When a user purchases an item with Coins from your experience, Spatial shares some of the revenue with you!

Monetization is currently in closed beta. See Monetization to learn more and become an early user to give us feedback and help us build a revenue model that is and empowers creators!