IMVU is an online metaverse where you can create a 3D avatar to meet new people, chat, and play games, but not many of you know that you can make serious money from it.
Yes, the widespread metaverse with over 6 million users worldwide is also a popular platform for digital creators to earn money from creating virtual products, 3D scenes, and fashion apparel for the avatars.
The IMVU Creator Program facilitates 3D artists to create virtual items that IMVU members can purchase by paying in earned ‘game credits.’ The creators will then cash it out for real money.
According to New World Notes (nwn.blogs.com),
50,000+ active creators only cash out $8 million a year.
If you’re an avid 3D artist, you can also make a great deal of money by selling your crafts on the IMVU platform. However, many of you must be wondering how to create stuff and sell it on IMVU. Let’s take a look at all of the essential IMVU features, memberships, and creator programs.
What is IMVU?
Instant Messaging Virtual Universe, popularly known as IMVU, is a 3D metaverse and social networking site. Most members join IMVU for chatting with other members and dating using lifelike 3D avatars and interactive scenes.
It offers many exciting features like a 3D interface, creating and dressing up avatars, chatting with members, and playing games in return for credits. This is the most exciting part where the members can either purchase credits using money or earn credits by playing games. They can use these credits to upgrade their avatar and profile.
Created back in 2004 when dating apps were non-existent, IMVU became the instant go-to platform for the young internet community. It was then that the online Avatar community and virtual games began to rise in numbers. The three-dimensional avatar games combined fun and rich social networking features that kept you hooked for a long time. IMVU took the lead by introducing a platform to earn money.
IMVU Membership and Credits
IMVU is free for all members. You can quickly sign up to IMVU by downloading it on your smartphone or use the desktop version.
While accessing most services on IMVU is free, including chats, it’s more enjoyable if you spend money. Accessing some features will require spending actual money using a credit card, while others require you to purchase credits. You can unlock some features such as Access Pass using your credits.
Other than regular and creators membership, IMVU members can choose to become VIP members by paying the monthly fee of $9.99 or the yearly fee of $75. You can also opt for a quarterly membership by paying $25.
Each VIP member gets free credit and exclusive discounts, including;
• 5,000 credit and a gift each month
• 5% discount in the shop.
• Premium enhancements and exclusive rooms.
• Priority customer service support.
• Enhanced dress-up and closet controls.
• Earn credits in the creator program.
• Exclusive sales, discounts, and more.
When joining for the first time, you must have wondered how you access all the uncensored content on IMVU. Well, Access Pass makes it possible. It’s a feature available to adults eighteen years or older. This feature also helps to censor adult content from young members on the social platform.
Access Pass or AP holders gain special privileges to AP-Only Rooms, AP-Only Groups, and exclusive content. You can access more mature themes, such as nudity, alcohol and tobacco use, profanity, mild violence, and sexual themes with an Access Pass.
How do you get the access pass?
- Members can purchase AP by paying real money using a credit card, $19.99 to be precise. They need not buy AV (Age Verified Token) that is provided free.
- Members can also purchase AP by using 20,000 credits, but they must verify their age before purchasing AV. They must purchase AV for $5.50 before proceeding to buy AP with 20,000 credits.
How do you earn credits?
IMVU is a virtual economy that runs through credit systems. IMVU features three different types of credits for its members.
Regular credits are purchased in increments of 5,000, starting with 5,000 credits for $5. You get a discount at 15,000 credits and increase incrementally the more credits that you buy.
You can use these credits to buy clothes, accessories, and facial features for your avatar or use the credit to upgrade the virtual worlds, such as rooms, furniture, and music.
In addition to buying them on the IMVU Web site, you can buy currency cards at Best Buy and other stores.
Promo credits, also known as Predits, are like regular credits, but you can’t use them to buy gifts. You don’t buy them; instead, you earn them. Each member receives 1,000 starter credits after creating their avatar and finishing the tutorial. Completing other chores also qualifies for earning promo credits, such as checking out new products and getting referrals from friends.
Finally, there are Dev credits, developer credits, or content developer credits granted to content developers when a member uses promo credits to buy an item they have created. Ten Dev credits are equal to one regular credit.
What is IMVU Creator Program, and how can you make money from it?
IMVU contains a virtual economy with a currency system based on “game credits” and “promo credits” that allow active users to shop for different items. It isn’t just a metaverse for gamers and chatters but also a digital goods economy for content creators.
IMVU Creator Program offers ways to extend the IMVU experience by customizing and creating products, rooms, and fashion apparel for the avatars. Artists can create virtual items (fashion pieces (hair, clothes, skins), pets, 3D scenes (home, club, landscape, furniture, etc.) that many users purchase regularly.
IMVU creators create more than 90 percent of the items available for sale in IMVU’s catalog. There are over 50,000 creators on IMVU who have produced over 40 million virtual goods.
The creator program allows artists to design all items, including clothes, accessories, scenes, rooms, etc.
If you’re wondering how you can start with the program, you’d need familiarity with a graphics editing tool such as Corel Paint Shop Pro, Adobe Photoshop, and Autodesk 3ds Max. The skill of the Flash program is applicable if you want to create animations and games.
All items in IMVU are based on derivations, meaning that you create a single product and then make derivations of it. Use IMVU’s Previewer software to upload it to the catalog. IMVU takes a cut from each sale of your item.
According to Create.IMVU.com,
You will earn at a rate of 40 cents per 1,000 Credits*, based on the profits you have set for your products. So, for a product where your profit is 100 Credits, you will earn 4 cents each time purchased with real Credits.
Sales made with Promotional Credits (also known as Promo Credits or Predits) continue to earn you one Developer Token per sale.
Hundreds of IMVU creators earn six figures every year. This must be enough to encourage you to become a creator in IMVU.
Sign up for a Creator Program
To sign up with the creator program, you must verify your account and accept payments through IMVU verified payment systems.
Creator Payments are open to all creators who verify their accounts and accept payments through PayPal. The account verification process includes providing your identification details and a review of your catalog.
- Start with reading accepting the updated Creator Agreement and Policy.
- Head over to Creator Payments and then click on the Account Verification Page or the Submit Request link.
- Use the Account Verification Window to provide your details necessary for verification. (Full name, physical address, phone number, and PayPal email)
- Note: All Creators will also need to complete tax-related documents as per IRS requirements. This is only applicable to US creators. The non-US creator can avoid it, but their payout will be subject to 30% withholding.
- Click the submit button to submit your application. The system will assign a unique verification ID.
- Check the confirmation message on your email to verify the account. Once done, click the Acknowledge button to get started with the program.
Choose credits or real-life money.
After signing up, you can set what percentage of your earnings you wish to get in cash or credit. You can choose to earn 100% cash, 100% credits, or anything in between.
When do you get your money?
As with credit earnings, cash earnings are held in a 14-day pend.
Visit the Creator Payments page to check how much of your payment is pending. Your available balance must have reached a minimum of US$50 to make a payout request.
Are there any upper limits to how much you can earn?
You can earn the maximum amount of US$10,000 from a single money payout.
The payment cap is equal to either $10,000 or 30 days. When you make more than two payout requests within any 30 days, your payout will be subjected to a US$5 payment service fee.
Can you create multiple creators’ accounts?
Yes, you can sign up for as many creator accounts as you like, but each one must be verified.
Can you convert your credit to cash?
You can only earn real cash when you’ve opted for real money; otherwise, all of your earning will turn to credits.
IMVU can be very fun and profitable if you know how to use it. Use the social network and virtual play capabilities to connect with other members, and use the creator’s program to develop exciting products.