How to get creative

This Minecraft tutorial explains how to switch to Creative mode with screenshots and step-by-step instructions.

Creative is a game mode that is available in all versions of Minecraft. Creative mode gives you unlimited resources, free flying and lets you destroy blocks instantly when mining. When you create a world in Minecraft, you can easily switch back and forth between Survival and Creative modes using the /gamemode command.

Let’s explore how to switch the game mode to Creative using the /gamemode command.

Supported Platforms

The /gamemode command to switch to Creative mode is available in the following versions of Minecraft:

Platform Supported (Version*)
Java Edition (PC/Mac) Yes (1.3.1)
Pocket Edition (PE) Yes (0.16.0)
Xbox 360 No
Xbox One Yes (1.2)
PS3 No
PS4 Yes (1.14.0)
Wii U No
Nintendo Switch Yes (1.5.0)
Windows 10 Edition Yes (0.16.0)
Education Edition Yes

* The version that it was added or removed, if applicable.
NOTE: Pocket Edition (PE), Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Windows 10 Edition are now called Bedrock Edition. We will continue to show them individually for version history.


To run game commands in Minecraft, you have to turn cheats on in your world.

Command to Change to Creative Mode

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Command in Minecraft Java Edition (PC/Mac)

In Minecraft Java Edition (PC/Mac) 1.13, 1.14, 1.15 and 1.16, the syntax to change the game mode to Creative is:

In Minecraft Java Edition (PC/Mac) 1.8, 1.9, 1.10, 1.11 and 1.12, the syntax to change the game mode to Creative is:

Command in Minecraft Pocket Edition (PE)

In Minecraft Pocket Edition (PE), the syntax to change the game mode to Creative is:

Command in Minecraft Xbox One Edition

In Minecraft Xbox One Edition, the syntax to change the game mode to Creative is:

Command in Minecraft PS4 Edition

In Minecraft PS4 Edition, the syntax to change the game mode to Creative is:

Command in Minecraft Nintendo Switch Edition

In Minecraft Nintendo Switch Edition, the syntax to change the game mode to Creative is:

Command in Minecraft Windows 10 Edition

In Minecraft Windows 10 Edition, the syntax to change the game mode to Creative is:

Command in Minecraft Education Edition

In Minecraft Education Edition, the syntax to change the game mode to Creative is:

How to Enter the Command

1. Open the Chat Window

The easiest way to run a command in Minecraft is within the chat window. The game control to open the chat window depends on the version of Minecraft:

  • For Java Edition (PC/Mac), press the T key to open the chat window.
  • For Pocket Edition (PE), tap on the chat button at the top of the screen.
  • For Xbox One, press the D-Pad (right) on the controller.
  • For PS4, press the D-Pad (right) on the controller.
  • For Nintendo Switch, press the right arrow button on the controller.
  • For Windows 10 Edition, press the T key to open the chat window.
  • For Education Edition, press the T key to open the chat window.

2. Type the Command

In this example, we are going to change the gamemode to Creative using the following command:

Type the command in the chat window. As you are typing, you will see the command appear in the lower left corner of the game window. Press the Enter key to run the command.

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Once the cheat has been entered, the game mode will be updated to Creative:

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You will see the message ” Your game mode has been updated ” appear in the lower left corner of the game window. Also, your health meter and hunger meter will no longer appear above the hotbar.

Now you are in Creative game mode in Minecraft! You will have unlimited resources and mobs will not attack you.

Other Game Mode Commands

You can use other gamemode commands in Minecraft such as:

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Each of us has a ‘creative bone’ in our body, even the ones who insist that they don’t. The only problem is that we rarely find time to tap into our creativity. Even when we finally make a decision of making time for something creative, it’s hard to determine what to start with! There are so many possibilities, so many classes available in any community. What do we start off with?

Here are 5 steps to get creative again:

1. Practice awareness of your stream of consciousness.

Make a point of spending 15 minutes a day to write/type everything that is going through your mind. It sounds easy, but once you try it out, you’ll find that sometimes your stream of thoughts is not singular. Maybe there are 5 of those streams flowing at the same time. It is up to you to focus on one of them or to switch back and forth between several of them.

Do not hesitate to write nonsense or ‘empty’ sentences such as “My pencil is purple, I can’t wait to eat pizza for lunch and I have no idea why I started writing this.” This is totally acceptable. You are not aiming to publish it in New York Times. This is just an exercise that will help you tune into the thoughts that you are having in the ‘background’.

2. Make a list of the most prominent ideas/thoughts that came up in your writing.

It can be embarrassing to re-read all the stuff that you spilled on paper/screen in the previous week, but remember that this is for your eyes ONLY. No one will ever see it except you, and right now your job is to find patterns, or a lack of them, in your writing. What themes/topics/ideas came up in your writing most often? If nothing came up more than once, take note of that too. Then create a separate file and record the ideas/thoughts that you found funny, interesting or just odd. In other words, see what caught your eye or what surfaced in your writing more than once.

For example, when I was working through this exercise, I noticed that I wrote about my emotions, memories of friends and family. I also noticed that topics related to sports and painting/photography came up very often as well.

3. Pick 3 ideas/topics/activities from the list that you made and dedicate at least 15 minutes to one of these activities over the course of the next few weeks.

This is simply to make sure that you REALLY enjoy the activity/idea that you were thinking of. For example, once upon a time, a friend of mine thought that her new ‘calling’ was rope walking. After I convinced her to go to a local park to practice it for only 15 minutes with the people who often practiced rope walking, she quickly realized that it’s not her ‘thing’ simply because she found the activity a bit repetitive. Of course, this was not an objective opinion, but it was HER opinion – and that’s all that matters for the creativity recovery project. Embracing your tastes, strengths and weaknesses is the key here.

4. Take a one-time class or spend a whole afternoon working on an activity/mini project of your choice.

Many people think that as soon as they ‘discovered’ a talent in something – let’s say in art – they need to spend a fortune and a ton of time to practice it. Taking a one-time class or just thinking of a mini project that takes several hours is quite enough to get started.

5. Set a measurable goal: prepare to showcase your work/skills/ideas – motivate and inspire others!

Scheduling time slots for ‘creative time’ simply won’t work because ‘work time’ always tends to invade the ‘creative time’. Instead, pick a clear goal to work towards. Is your local library hosting a mini art exhibit? Are there any writers’ clubs in your area that host fee mic nights? Is there a fund-raising 5K run/walk taking place in your community? Small events are great for ‘showing off’ a skill that you acquired, to voice the ideas that you’ve been thinking of and to motivate others to do the same. Your first speech at Toastmasters might not move others to tears, and you might end up being the last one at the finish line of your first 5K run, but working towards a clear measurable goal will be a lot easier than endlessly trying to make your creation ‘perfect’. You have your entire life to perfect your skills. Showcasing your progress will not only serve as a motivation to you, but will also inspire others.

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A diner complains about slow service

Service a little slow at dinner? It may be because your favorite restaurant is having a hard time finding and keeping workers, as the industry is facing an unprecedented labor shortage.

Worker Resignations And Job Openings At An All-Time High

The Department of Labor released the April 2021 Job Openings and Labor Turnover summary last week; the numbers are not pretty for the restaurant industry:

Workers quitting their jobs increased to new highs of 4 million and 2.7%, with a record 5.6% of restaurant workers quitting their jobs in April.

Job openings increased to 9.3 million and 6%, both records. Restaurants job openings increased the most by any industry, adding nearly 350,000 new job openings since March, for a total of 1.34 million job openings in April.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has described the labor shortage as “getting worse by the day” even making it the focus of a new initiative.

That restaurants are suffering the brunt of the shortage is not surprising, given the long hours, low pay, reliance on tips, combined with the furloughs, layoffs, and zig-zagging COVID-19 protocols since the start of the pandemic and the spike in assaults from customers refusing mask mandates.

Pandemic unemployment insurance benefits may be keeping some from returning to these types of jobs in the short term (though the extent of this is still unclear). Without a doubt, many Americans are using this as the time to change careers.

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New Incentives To Find, Hire, and Keep Workers

The restaurant industry is the ultimate service industry, so it had no choice but to get creative in attacking the problem.

Chipotle is reportedly expanding debt-free educational degree options for employees.

Whataburger reportedly promoted all managers to “operating partner” and raised salaries to at least $100,000,

While some McDonald’s restaurants are taking the direct approach of raising hourly wages, another McDonald’s restaurant in Illinois gave away iPhones to workers who stay six months, while another in Florida offered $50 to anyone who came in for a job interview.

Applebee’s offered free appetizers to all who showed for a job interview in an effort to hire 10,000 employees (40,000 showed, according to Applebee’s).

Added Overtime Based On Extra Incentives

It is hard to take away benefits once given, so when the tide does turn, many restaurants may keep the benefits in place. Those that utilize incentives now and in the future may be (unknowingly) adding overtime pay too.

Overtime is calculated using an hourly worker’s “regular rate” of pay, which includes more than just the hourly rate of pay.

According to the Department of Labor, “all compensation for hours worked, services rendered, or performance must be included in the regular rate . even if not directly related to employee performance or hours worked. ” Translation: more incentives often equals triggers more overtime pay for hourly workers.

Whether restaurants are aware or adhere to this requirement remains to be seen, but workers getting extra benefits may expect a corresponding bump in overtime pay.

It has become harder to get to dinner too, as ride-sharing apps are facing a similar labor shortage with drivers, leading to longer waits and more expensive rates for customers.

How to get creative

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How to get creative

Modern culture often labels creativity as natural gift. Artists get showered with praise and proclamations of “you’re so talented,” but truthfully, talent has little to do with it.

Creativity is a skill to be learned, practiced, and developed, just like any other. Juggling takes practice, as does surfing, coding, and driving a car. Creativity is no different. The more you make creativity part of your daily life, the more it will grow.

So how do you make creativity part of your daily life? Here are 9 suggestions-and guess what? You can get started on them all in the next 10 minutes.

1. Doodle Something

Although we may have been reprimanded in school to “stop doodling and pay attention,” it’s time to bring back the doodle. Doodling, contrary to popular opinion, does not demonstrate a lack of focus. In fact, doodling can help you stay present and engaged during an activity in which you might otherwise find your mind drifting.

Suni Brown, author of The Doodle Revolution, notes that some of the greatest thinkers-from Henry Ford to Steve Jobs-used doodling to jump-start creativity. Doodling can enhance recall and activate unique neurological pathways, leading to new insights and cognitive breakthroughs. Some companies even encourage doodling during meetings!

2. Sign Up for a Class in Something You’ve Never Done Before

Creativity flourishes when you push yourself outside of your comfort zone and learn something new. Many communities offer evening adult education classes. These classes are often very casual, with plenty of beginner offerings. Try painting, pottery, or woodworking. How about learning a new language, picking up a new instrument, or taking a cooking class?

3. Create the Right Environment

The truth is that every single individual (yes, even you) can be creative. You simply require the right environment, stimulus, and support. Kids are awash with creative energy in part because they have not yet learned to fear the criticism of their peers or experienced embarrassment from failure. This is now why failure is lauded in adults-it reflects creative, risk-taking endeavors. Though not all creative ventures will work out, ultimately some will (and be very, very successful).

This is why Google goes to great lengths to provide employees with fun perks such as beach volleyball courts and free beer, a setup almost resembling an adult playground. The goal is to create an environment that lets employees feel relaxed and comfortable with vocalizing creative, even wacky, ideas. Businesses that value creativity need to do their best to foster a creative, safe space where unusual ideas are celebrated and where creativity is nurtured.

4. Pause the Brainstorming and Move Your Body

Though old-school business practice dictates group brainstorming as a powerful way to generate creativity, modern research has found that the group collective isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be.

Instead, try new approaches to creative problem solving. Go for a walk. Physically move your body and consider your project problem from different locations. Physical movement has been shown to have a positive affect on creative thinking, just as theater pros suggest practicing lines in different poses and positions to generate new character approaches.

5. Start a Sketchbook

Sketching is a great way to preserve memories and make constructive use of time that might otherwise be spent fiddling on a phone. Buy a small, lightweight sketchbook that can easily fit in your bag. Start sketching whenever you have even a few spare minutes-draw the salt and pepper shaker on your table while waiting for your coffee, or the crumpled pile of newspaper on the subway.

Though you may be disappointed in your sketches at first, the more you draw, the better you’ll get. Don’t overanalyze your results-simply draw for the enjoyment of the process, not the end piece. Creativity seeps across activities, so sketching just a few minutes a day can result in a major boost of workplace creativity.

6. Keep Toys on Your Desk

Many creative design companies encourage employees to keep toys on their desks-from Legos and Lincoln Logs to Play-Doh and origami paper. Building something physically with your hands, as opposed to typing on a keyboard, can be just the creative jolt you need.

7. Engage in Flash Fiction

Flash fiction is a form of writing consisting of extremely short pieces. There are many flash fiction writing groups online in which members write 100-word stories based on a provided prompt. That’s right, just 100 words. No one can say that’s out of their league.

Have your own try at flash fiction writing. Join a community online, or start your own at work. No pressure, no need to share; it’s just a chance to get those creative juices flowing!

8. Try the 30 Circles Test

This great creative exercise comes from researcher Bob McKim, and is featured in Tim Brown’s TED talk Creativity and Play.

Take a piece of paper and draw 30 circles on the paper. Now, in one minute, adapt as many circles as you can into objects. For example, one circle could become a sun. Another could become a globe. How many can you do in a minute? (Take quantity over quality into consideration.)

The result: Most people have a hard time getting to 30, largely because we have a tendency as adults to self-edit. Kids are great at simply exploring possibilities without being self-critical, whereas adults have a harder time. Sometimes, even the desire to be original can be a form of self-editing. Don’t forget-good artists copy, great artists steal.

9. Role-play Away

Role-playing isn’t just for the geeks at Comic-Con (no judgment; we love you guys). Role-playing can help you develop new solutions to existing problems by putting yourself in the shoes of a client or customer.

Even if you’ve already made efforts to enter the client’s mindset, physically role-playing situations with co-workers can generate powerful revelations and project solutions. As children, role-playing is how our imaginations thrived, from baking mud pies and playing house to fighting off baddies and exploring the jungles in our own backyards. It’s time to bring back the power of play.

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What if I told you creative people are found to be more attractive by others? According to a study done by Christopher Watkins,

“Creativity can enhance your attractiveness both as a potential date and as a potential social partner” [1] .

This may sound great, but there is more to the study than just this. Other factors that come into play include gender and physical appearance. Surprisingly, the effects of creativity are stronger for average looking people than people who are genetically gifted. Creativity is also thought to be more beneficial for men [2] .

At this point you may be thinking, “HOW DO I MAKE MYSELF MORE CREATIVE!”

Before we get ahead of ourselves, let us first define what creativity actually is.

Creativity Is Intelligence Having Fun.

What is creativity? Rollo May, the author of The Courage to Create said,

Creativity is “the process of bringing something new into being. Creativity requires passion and commitment. It brings to our awareness what was previously hidden and points to new life,”

As a matter of fact, creativity does not only make one more attractive; creativity also accompanies with many benefits. Below you shall see some of them:

  • Become a better problem solver: creativity allows one to overcome challenge with innovative methods.
  • Save Money: creativity yields inner fulfilment, which reduces the urge to consume.
  • Embrace Freedom: creativity helps one fully engage with him or herself, surpassing all detrimental self-judgement.
  • Relieve Stress: creativity invites us to fully utilise our mind, our hand, and our energy, which awards us contented happiness [3] .

There Is a Big Common Misconception about Creativity.

Many people have a misconception about creativity — it is something inborn. If we aren’t born creative, there is no hope. This is not true. Demian Farnworth, a Senior Content Writer at Lutheran Church Extension Fund, says this is not only a myth, but also an excuse.

The truth is anyone can learn to be creative, including you!

Now that we know what creativity is, it’s time to learn how to become creative.

What Separates Creative People from the Majority is that They Think Outside the Norms.

A change in mindset is the first step to becoming creative. Think outside of the box! If you run into a problem and can’t solve the problem, then the problem usually isn’t the problem, the problem is the way you are looking at the problem. “Divergent thinking is essential for a creative mind,” says Eddie Opera, a neuroscientist who has spent years studying the brain and creativity [4] .

There are both pros and cons to thinking outside the box. The pros are that you will become a better problem solver. Switching the way you think is essential. It can make an almost impossible problem become seemingly simple. Thinking outside the box is also good for innovation and communication.

The cons are few and far between. The major con to thinking outside the box is that it can be extremely frustrating. If you’re not feeling creative at the moment, then stop. Don’t return doing whatever it is you’re doing until you’re in the proper mindset.

Moreover, Creative People Do Not Let Others’ Opinions Bother Them.

Self-consciousness is an assassin of creativity. How can you be creative if you’re constantly worrying about what other people think?

Put other people’s opinions to the side and just be you. Let your mind go to work. Creativity is often sparked when we are alone. Find yourself a quiet, judgment-free zone in order to boost creativity.

Creative People Understand the Importance of Harboring a Clear Goal.

Creativity is innovation. Innovation is progress. And progress leads to somewhere different than the starting point.

To become more creative, start with an end vision. This will allow you to develop a path; however, this is not a set path. Think of all the different ways you can reach the end point. This will get your creative juices flowing and allow you to think in more innovative ways. If you get stuck don’t worry. Everyone gets stuck, even some of the best minds in the world [5] .

Creative People Also Excite Their Brains with New Events Consistently.

Switch up your daily routine. Go to different places and meet new people. These places and people can provide you with new insights and ideas that you’ve never had before. There have been studies that show how new experiences affect the neurons in the brain to help boost creativity [6] .

“When you meet new people or try unexpected events, it creates an idea cocktail in your brain,” says Mikael Cho, founder of Unsplash and Crewlabs.

Your Life Will Be More Colourful Once You Introduce Creativity into Your Life

Life is more fun when we are creative! You’ll become a more interesting person with cooler ideas. You may even find yourself out and about with some hot dates (wink wink). Pick up these common characteristics of creative people to help yourself become more creative!

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Are you sitting at your desk trying to make brilliant, novel ideas appear from thin air, only to find yourself coming up with jack squat? It’s probably time to get that creative blood pumping.

Looking for some fast ways to ignite that spark of creativity? We scoured the web to find some of our favorite ideas to get you working.

  1. A walk does a lot of good for the soul, so take a stroll around the office (or around the block). (Brain Pickings)
  2. You may just need a small change of workspace to get the creativity going. (Entrepreneur)
  3. Next time you take on a project, try setting some “weirder” rules for yourself. (Lifehacker)
  4. Need to write something amazing in a short period of time and aren’t sure where to get started? Here are 11 exercises to try. (Writers Marketing)
  5. Adding side projects to your life can actually fuel your creativity for main projects. (Accidental Creative)
  6. Check out these awesome creative quotes to get pumped up and ready to work. (BuzzFeed)
  7. Try the SimpleMind app, a tool that helps you turn your abstract brainstorms into seriously cool idea webs. (Boston Globe)
  8. Here are several tools every careerist needs to get creative quickly. (Spoiler: One of them involves a super comfy chair). (Fast Company)

Need some more help getting creative? Check out our suggestions!

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Not everyone has the capability of spending money for all graphics and video editing equipment and softwares out there. Often times, creatives look for a free or open-source alternative to help them do the job. But if what you’re looking for is Adobe Creative Cloud, you’re in luck as we know a method to get a FREE subscription.

Everyone has been affected hard by the COVID-19 pandemic — even us in the creative industry. Thankfully, most of us can still do something for a living, even while we’re quarantined from home.

To help those who do creative work from home, Adobe is giving FREE two months of Adobe Creative Cloud subscription.

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But there’s a big caveat, though. It appears that this promo is only available for existing subscribers. So, if you’re just starting and want to test out Adobe software, you can avail their free trial promo instead.

Still, having a two-month break from your Adobe Creative Cloud subscription is very much welcome. It will help freelancers to save cash, since looking for work is a bit hard during this pandemic situation.

Claim your FREE Adobe Creative Cloud subscription

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Step 1: Sign in to your Adobe Creative Cloud account on .

Step 2: Go to the Account ‘Overview’ page.

Step 3: Click ‘Cancel Plan’. (Although you won’t actually cancel it.)

Step 4: Adobe will ask for some account verification and will show you some steps about how to cancel your account. Just breeze through it until you reach the “Offers” section.

Step 5: In this part, Adobe will attempt to keep you on the boat — which is why they will present you with different offers that you might find attractive. And for a limited time, you would be seeing the FREE two-month offer. Just pick that and you’re good.

However, Adobe hasn’t officially promoted this special offer. It may or may not be available for you — especially for those who have a yearly subscription.

Anyway, there’s no harm in trying, right? Just follow the steps above and see if you can get it.

If you have any questions, let us know in the comments below so we can help you out.

We have put together a list of the latest Ark commands. Click on a command to see examples and command parameters, if there are any. Because commands can sometimes make unexpected changes to your game, it is recommended that you save your game before using commands.

To use Ark commands you need to open the Ark command console. You can do this by pressing the Tab key on PC. On the Xbox, enter the pause screen and press the LB RB X and Y keys at the same time. On PlayStation, enter the pause screen, and press the L1 R1 Square and Triangle keys at the same time. Note that some of these commands require you to first authenticate yourself with the command enablecheats before using them.

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Late last year, Epic Games introduced one of the most exciting multiplayer modes in Fortnite yet: Creative mode. Unlike Fortnite: Battle Royale, Creative mode focuses on building, tweaking, and messing around in an open-ended sandbox. Players can design their own deathmatch levels, kart races, and training sessions — or just goof around with their friends via the game’s vehicles and weapons.

For many Fortnite players, Creative mode is the game’s equivalent to Minecraft. Similar to the latter game, Epic even has a simple system for sharing levels. They’re called Island Codes and they let players exchange levels, as well as visit each others’ maps. You can check out their creations as soon as they boot up Creative mode.

If you’re interested in sharing a code with your online friends, here’s how to go about getting one.

What Is an Island Code?

Instead of forcing players to browse through a workshop system or download custom mods, the Fortnite Creative mode streamlines sharing through Island Codes. These keys are 12-digit numbers that can be used in the Creative hub’s rift portals. Copying and pasting an Island Code will immediately download another player’s island and add it into a “favorites” list that can be revisited any time.

In short, if you want to share any of your creations with other Fortnite players, you need to publish an Island Code. Unfortunately, you also need to find Island Codes separate from the game online, but you can check out some starting recommendations here.

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How to Earn an Island Code

For the time being, Fortnite Creative mode players cannot simply publish any island and share it online. According to Reddit user ZooKeeperZak, an Epic Games designer, the studio is “testing the publish system out” for Island Codes at the moment. In the near future, Fortnite Creative mode players can expect an in-game Island Code system to publish any level they want. But for the time being, you actually need Epic’s approval to share your code first.

Epic is currently giving out Island Code permissions online to select players. If you’d like to create an island for other players to check out, you need to create something impressive enough to gain the studio’s attention. ZooKeeperZak recommends posting directly on r/FortniteCreative, where Epic Games regularly browses through users’ creations. YouTube and Twitter are also great choices if you already have a sizable online following. Of course, if your level is cool enough, it’s always possible a video of the creation will gain some viral attention. You never know!

If Epic likes your hard work and wants to contact you, you can most likely expect an employee to reach out to you over private message. “Block Party” winner inspectorkhan can attest to that. In that user’s case, Epic contacted the creator and worked closely with them to publish and share their Island Code. Inspectorkhan noted that there should be a “publish your island” option under the “Island Settings” menu in-game once the developer gives you the right to publish an Island Code.

Until then, you’ll have to share images and videos of your island online. Hopefully that it’s impressive enough (and you get lucky enough) to gain Epic’s approval! In the meantime, you can always have fun with your creations on your own.