Dying Light 2: Disk Size, Cross-play, Ray Tracing and... Microtransactions
Hubert Sledziewski, 30 May 2021, 19:32
The release of Dying Light 2 is still far away, but thanks to the launch of pre-orders, we've learned a bit about its technical aspects.
Ultimate Team Modes Bring EA $3k Per Minute
Jacob Blazewicz, 28 May 2021, 15:45
Ultimate Team packs continue to bring Electronic Arts huge money. According to the company's financial report, last year alone the revenue from lootboxes in sports series like FIFA amounted to more than one and a half billion dollars.
Apex Legends Devs Vaguely Explain High Skin Prices
Hubert Sledziewski, 24 May 2021, 14:24
Respawn Entertainment has responded to player criticism over the high prices of cosmetic items in Apex Legends.
WoW Classic Character Cloning Will be Much Cheaper
Bart Swiatek, 14 May 2021, 17:42
Developers from Blizzard Entertainment decided to significantly reduce the price of character cloning service in WoW Classic. From now on, we will pay less than half the original price.
EA With Record Revenue; Plans to Develop Live-service Games
Angelika Kaldus, 12 May 2021, 20:43
Electronic Arts boasted record revenue in last fiscal year, with as much as $4 billion coming from live-service games (LGS). CEO Andrew Wilson talks about further development of the category.
Doom Eternal Gets Paid Skins, Despite Promises of No Microtransactions
Szarmancki, 30 April 2021, 20:22
Cosmetic DLCs for Doom Eternal has appeared, available for purchase for real cash. It was quite an unexpected decision, because the creative director of id Software insisted before the launch that the sequel will not feature any microtransactions.
EA Denies Steering Players Into FUT
mikos, 27 April 2021, 17:48
EA responds to journalist's allegations that the company is trying to convince players to only play FUT.
Loot Boxes are Gambling and Ruin Less Well-off Players, Claim UK Researchers
Jacob Blazewicz, 02 April 2021, 17:29
Researchers from Great Britain published an extensive report on loot boxes. The authors prove that the mechanic does indeed fall under the category of gambling and, moreover, it has a tendency to become addictive for people with not very high salaries.
Magic: Legends Hasn't Left Beta and it's Already Drowning in Microtransactions
Jacob Blazewicz, 24 March 2021, 21:10
Magic: Legends failed to impress Reddit users. Players have a lot to complain about this action RPG, especially on the topic of microtransactions.
Agent Skins Remain a Problem in CS:GO. Characters Blend in With Surroundings
Qskan, 22 March 2021, 18:59
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is known for its skins, which can be astronomically expensive. As much as weapon skins remain a cosmetic item, the same cannot be said for some character skins, which are a recurring problem.
Lootboxes to Become Increasingly Profitable Despite Regulations
Adrian Werner, 10 March 2021, 12:28
According to analysts, lootbox revenue is expected to grow every year until it reaches $20 billion per year in 2025. However, this development will not continue indefinitely.
Assassin's Creed Fans Want to Boycott Helix Store and Microtransactions
Bart Swiatek, 08 March 2021, 17:34
A gamer has decided to create a petition on Change.org, calling on Ubisoft to remove microtransactions from the next Assassin's Creed game and offer free content instead to keep the players engaged for longer.
Lootboxes Only for Adults, New German Law One Step Away
Ness, 06 March 2021, 18:38
The Bundestag has passed an amendment to the law on the protection of minors. The amendment recognises loot boxes as harmful to the development of children. It only needs the approval of the second chamber of parliament to enter into force.
AC: Valhalla Fans Frustrated with Payments and Lack of Free DLC
Ness, 06 February 2021, 17:00
Fans of the latest installment of Assassin's Creed are not happy with Ubisoft's primary focus on introducing new paid items.
Capcom Rejects Gacha Mechanics and Lootboxes in Its Games
Michael Kulakowski, 27 January 2021, 20:30
In its annual business and investment report, Capcom outlined its official position on lootboxes and gacha-type random loot mechanics in its games. The company firmly disassociates itself from such practices in the future.
Activision Blizzard Achieves Record Value
Tom Borys, 21 January 2021, 21:48
Activision Blizzard can count the last few months as extremely successful. The company's value has never been so high, and its thanks to, in part, by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Former President of EA Sports: „Lootboxes Aren't Gambling”
Bart Swiatek, 08 January 2021, 16:05
Peter Moore - former president of EA Sports - recently gave an interview in which he referred to the issue of lootboxes, among other topics. In his opinion, those and similar mechanics are very far from gambling.
Diablo Immortal is to Encourage us to Make New Friends
Jacob Blazewicz, 24 December 2020, 14:21
Last day brought with it a lot of information about Diablo Immortal. All thanks to an AMA session with designer Wyatt Cheng and producer Caleb Arsenaux, who answered questions related to gameplay and microtransactions.
New Microtransactions in AC Valhalla Speed Up Character Progression
Jacob Blazewicz, 17 December 2020, 10:52
Ubisoft has introduced new microtransactions in Assassin's Creed: Valhalla. From now on, players can purchase boosters to acquired experience points and gold.
Microtransactions are the Main Course in the Gaming Industry
Adrian Werner, 03 December 2020, 19:00
The latest SuperData report has brought some interesting information. It turns out that almost 90% of revenues of the digital gaming market are generated by microtransactions.
Players Mock Red Dead Online's Aggressive Monetization and Outlaw Pass
Tom Borys, 02 December 2020, 22:45
Rockstar released a new update for Red Dead Online, but its poor contents and high prices were a bitter surprise for RDO fans.
Paid Items From AC Valhalla Available for Free Thanks to Mods
Michael Kulakowski, 01 December 2020, 20:34
AC Valhalla's PC fans share a way to unlock all items from the game's premium shop. Thanks to several tricks they acquired access to paid costumes and other cosmetic accessories that have not yet been officially announced by the developers.
No More Account Family Drama as FIFA 21 Introduces Expense Control
Jacob Blazewicz, 13 November 2020, 17:56
FIFA 21 introduced a new function. From now on, it will be possible to check and limit the time spent in the game and money spent on microtransactions on PC (and soon also on consoles).
EA Sued Again, This Time Concerning Changes in FUT's Difficulty
Jacob Blazewicz, 12 November 2020, 20:58
There have been reports of another suit against Electronic Arts in connection with the Ultimate Team mode. This time the company has been accused of not informing players about the Dynamic Difficulty Level Adjustment system, which is supposed to encourage the use of microtransactions in FIFA, Madden NFL and NHL games.
Penalty of Up to 500,000 Euros a Week for Lootboxes in FIFA
Paul Wozniak, 29 October 2020, 18:18
The Dutch Gaming Authority has ordered Electronic Arts to withdraw lootboxes (i.e. packs of player cards) from FIFA Ultimate Team within next three weeks. If the company does not comply, it will have to pay a weekly financial penalty of €500,000. EA intends to appeal.
New Chara in Genshin Impact Earned the Devs a Lot of Money
Jacob Blazewicz, 23 October 2020, 18:18
Genshin Impact is going on strong. The recent debut of the new heroine encouraged players to spend a lot of money, making MiHoYo's title the best-selling iOS game in eight countries.
Endgame Genshin Impact Becomes Pay-to-Win? Community Rages
Jacob Blazewicz, 08 October 2020, 14:06
The popularity of Genshin Impact is not waning, but not everyone is delighted with some of the game's solutions. The controversy is primarily aroused by the Resin system, which, according to malcontents, limits the players at a later stage of the game too much and forces the frequent use of microtransactions.
EA Taking Flak for Lootbox Ad Aimed at Kids [Updated]
Bart Swiatek, 01 October 2020, 17:00
Electronic Arts has placed an advertisement of FIFA 21 Ultimate Team lootboxes in a toy catalogue available in Smyths Toys chain store in UK.
First Reviews: NBA 2K21 - Repetitiveness and Annoying Microtransactions
Bart Swiatek, 09 September 2020, 11:13
First reviews of the latest installment of Visual Concepts' sports series dedicated to basketball, NBA 2K21, have appeared on the web. It seems that this is not a title to revolutionize the series. The reviewers indicate solutions and elements copied from the previous installment and tiring, ubiquitous microtransactions.
Cyberpunk 2077 Will Not Cost More on PS5 and XSX
Dameredet, 06 September 2020, 17:20
CD Projekt RED provided answers to investor questions. It was revealed that the price of the game on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will not be increased and that the microtransactions in multiplayer mode will not be aggressive.
Marvel's Avengers - Details on Free DLC and Microtransactions
Jacob Blazewicz, 30 August 2020, 22:51
Square Enix has published an article on the post-release DLC for Marvel's Avengers. The new characters along with story content will be made available for free, but the players will also receive an option to buy a premium pass.
Another Lawsuit Against EA; Ultimate Team in FIFA and Madden is Gambling
Jacob Blazewicz, 17 August 2020, 23:42
Electronic Arts has been sued in California for FIFA and Madden Ultimate Team packages. According to the plaintiff, these lootboxes are nothing but a game of chance, an example of gambling, which is illegal in this state.
EA Doesn't Release New Hits, And Still Makes Money Like Crazy
Adrian Werner, 31 July 2020, 13:18
Despite the lack of large releases, the past quarter was a record one in financial terms for Electronic Arts. This success is due to increased interest in FIFA 20, Madden NFL 20 and Apex Legends.
CS:GO Player Spent $15,000 to Get a Rare Skin
Paul Wozniak, 27 July 2020, 14:03
One Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player has spent $15,000 to get his dream skin, which is extremely rare, using so-called contracts. He shared the whole action on his YouTube channel.
The BBC Attacks Lootboxes in FIFA, Dramatic Story of Addicted Gamer
Jacob Blazewicz, 10 July 2020, 18:32
The BBC station described the story of a gamer addicted to spending money in the FIFA series. A young British man spent almost 3,000 pounds in FUT mode, wasting his parents' savings.
Microsoft Flight Simulator Store Will Offer Paid Mods
Karol Laska , 09 July 2020, 21:14
The upcoming Microsoft Flight Simulator is not only supposed to pamper players with regular add-ons and updates, but also to openly cooperate with modders, providing them with a digital marketplace.
CS:GO - Weapon Skin Sold for Record Price of $100,000
Bart Swiatek, 07 July 2020, 11:07
According to user ohnePixel, a Chinese collector paid 100 thousand dollars for StatTrak M4A4 (Howl) skin for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. This is the most expensive item of its kind in history.
Crash Bandicoot 4 Devs Assure There Will be no Microtransactions
Adrian Werner, 01 July 2020, 11:17
Studio Toys for Bob has denied the rumors and assured that there will be no microtransactions in Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time.
Crash Bandicoot 4 With Microtransactions
Adrian Werner, 29 June 2020, 13:10
Thanks to Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time's profile in Microsoft Store we found out that microtransactions will appear in the game. Among them we will probably find alternative character skins.
Microtransactions Dominate; Game Sales Revenue Becomes Secondary
Adrian Werner, 26 June 2020, 13:30
According to Newzoo analysts, this year as much as 74% of the industry's revenue will come from microransactions. The sales of premium games will provide only 21%.
Valorant - Players Complain About Prices of Skin Sets
Paul Wozniak, 15 June 2020, 18:12
Valorant players are constantly complaining about the exorbitant prices of cosmetic sets containing themed weapon skins. According to a large part of the community, these items are not worth their price. For the newest one, we have to pay $71.
ESRB Will Inform of Randomized Microtransactions
Paul Wozniak, 14 April 2020, 15:42
The ESRB, an age rating organisation for US and Canadian markets, introduces a new label. It will enable players to know whether the title contains any form of randomized microtransactions.
Valorant Without Lootboxes and Pay to Win
Laty, 06 March 2020, 10:25
The team working on Valorant provided details of the microtransaction system. The creators of League of Legends have still not revealed the release date of their latest title.
Dead or Alive 6 Microtransactions Pushed to Ridiculous Levels
Jacob Blazewicz, 02 March 2020, 23:34
PS4's Dead or Alive 6 has now a new option - we can change the character's hair colour. However, this did not please the players, because it involves a controversial system of microtransactions.
GTA 5 Sales Exceeded 120 Million Copies; RDR2 - Over 29 Million
Adrian Werner, 07 February 2020, 13:45
Take-Two Interactive has published a new financial report. In addition to revenue and profit data, the document includes the sales results of titles from Rockstar Games. We learned that Grand Theft Auto 5 has already found over 120 million buyers and Red Read Redemption 2 - 29 million.
EA is Making a Fortune on Microtransactions
Adrian Werner, 31 January 2020, 11:20
Electronic Arts reported that in the last quarter of 2019 it earned almost one billion dollars on microtransactions. They account for more than half of the publisher's total revenues.
Nintendo Earned One Billion Dollars in Revenue From Mobile Games
Jacob Blazewicz, 29 January 2020, 23:16
Sensor Tower, the analytical group, revealed the financial results of Nintendo's mobile games. Titles like Fire Emblem Heroes or Mario Kart Tour have brought the company one billion dollars in revenue.
Doom Eternal Without Microtransactions
Bart Woldanski, 27 January 2020, 22:00
The producer of Doom Eternal confirmed that the game will not have any microtransactions. The FPS from id Software is to be a complete game, offering full experience without the need to spend extra money.
UK's Healthcare: Lootboxes Expose Children to Gambling Addiction
Paul Wozniak, 19 January 2020, 21:51
England's mental health director, Claire Murdoch, claims that lootboxes in video games put children at risk of becoming addicted to gambling. Thus, she calls for the companies behind such games to take appropriate action.
Player Spends $1.4 Million on Game Character; Gets Stolen and Sold for $500
Bart Swiatek, 26 November 2019, 13:56
One Chinese player spent 8-10 million yuan on developing his character in MMO game Justice Online. When he shared his account with a friend, the latter put the hero in the auction house, but.... mistakenly entered a price that was a few zeros short. As a result, the hero was purchased for about 1/2560 of the original amount.