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Hi there, Im currently trying to start a small business by

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Hi there, I'm currently trying to start a small business by making a profit off of the game called Minecraft. I've got websites and my server is running. The only piece I'm missing is am I legally allowed to charge players for in-game items and services. I've been in contact with Mojang (The Makers of Minecraft) and they insisted that I refer to and view their terms. I did they went ahead and told me there is no way I can legally charge players for items within their product. However...what if I were to charge for proprietary credits from my website? For example pay $5.00 and get 1000 EG-Credits. You can exchange those credits for items. The customers wouldn't be buying items directly, they would by paying for credits. Is there anything I can do with this? I've been working on this for years only to be slapped in the face with legalities.
Thank you for your question. I look forward to working with you to provide you the information you are seeking.

I am afraid that even charging them for items indirectly could violate the terms that you have posted above. These companies are very vigilant at protecting their property, so they will likely sue you if you are seeking to infringe on their rights as outlined in their terms. Unfortunately, the legalities often hit people at the end instead of the beginning because they do not think of the legal issues when they are working on an idea. Without negotiating some deal with this company to perhaps share some proceeds with them in exchange for a license agreement to do this, I am really afraid that you could be sued here if you directly or even indirectly sell people items that could allow them to buy items in the game itself and that is the key, even though the credits are proprietary to your idea.

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