Netherlands and Spain Fed Up With Lootboxes; Regulations Inbound
Michal Ciezadlik, 04 July 2022, 19:38
Lootboxes are attracting the attention of politicians in more European countries. After Belgium, it is the Netherlands that is set to become the next lootbox-free country. The local MPs have already submitted a relevant bill.
Players Cry, But Pay; Diablo Immortal Earns Millions of Dollars
Jacob Blazewicz, 04 July 2022, 19:22
Diablo Immortal is drowning in a sea of criticism, but also money. After a month, the game is still making $1 million a day for Blizzard Entertainment.
New Boss in Diablo Immortal Pushes the Envelope of Grind
destroytheardor, 04 July 2022, 10:27
You can already face a new boss in Diablo Immortal, but the required level of a character's combat rating may be beyond the capabilities of even players who have no qualms with spending money on microtransactions.
Diablo Immortal Too Predatory; Experts Withdraw Their Support
Miriam Moszczynska, 30 June 2022, 13:39
A website creating guides for Diablo Immortal stopped supporting the game. It happened because of the nature of the gameplay, which is focused on payments.
Maxing Out Diablo Immortal Characters Can Cost Over $500 Thousand
ZuzoliK, 28 June 2022, 13:21
Diablo Immortal may require spending up to $540k to max out a single character. Players have discovered a gem upgrade „mechanic” due to which the approximate cost of maxing out a character is higher than previously speculated.
Diablo Immortal Earned Millions of Dollars; Biggest Revenue Comes From U.S
Kamil Kleszyk, 17 June 2022, 18:53
Despite the rather cold reception of Diablo Immortal by players, the free-to-play hack'n'slash provided Blizzard Entertainment and NetEase with abundant revenue within two weeks of its release.
Overwatch 2 Without Lootboxes But With In-app Store
Przemyslaw Dygas, 17 June 2022, 10:52
Blizzard has shared information about microtransactions in Overwatch 2. There will be no lootboxes in the game, but we'll still have plenty of opportunities to reach for our wallet.
You Won't Get Far in Diablo Immortal Without Money
Przemyslaw Dygas, 15 June 2022, 11:02
One Diablo Immortal player discovered many limitations hidden in the game. Without spending money, even grind will not be enough.
Diablo 4 Creator Reassures Fans Disgusted by Diablo Immortal
Agnes Adamus, 13 June 2022, 22:26
Rod Fergusson decided to reassure Diablo fans. He revealed that the fourth installment of the series will not contain any intrusive microtransactions.
Spent $10,000 in Diablo Immortal and Got Nothing
Przemyslaw Dygas, 10 June 2022, 13:00
Streamer Quin69 spent almost 10K in Diablo Immortal. Despite that he didn't manage to get the most valuable items.
Diablo 4 and Microtransactions; Players Don't Want a Repeat of Diablo Immortal
Jacob Blazewicz, 09 June 2022, 12:17
„Pay-to-win” in Diablo Immortal and Blizzard's recent job announcement reminded the fans that there will be microtransactions in Diablo IV as well.
Blizzard has Become a Parody of Itself
Miriam Moszczynska, 07 June 2022, 14:00
Blizzard once joked about pay-to-win, only to now bluntly pack Diablo Immortal with just such content. Gamers have unearthed one of StarCraft's commercials.
Diablo Immortal Sinks Into Gray Zone While Its Director Defends Microtransactions
Przemyslaw Dygas, 07 June 2022, 12:21
More and more offers to buy maxed out accounts in Diablo Immortal are appearing online. Meanwhile, the game's director claims that allegations aimed at microtransactions are due to misinformation.
Microtransactions in Diablo Immortal Sparked Review Bombing
Przemyslaw Dygas, 06 June 2022, 21:26
Diablo Immortal is getting a ton of negative reviews on Metacritic. It is one of the lowest rated games in Blizzard's history.
Maxing Out a Diablo Immortal Character Costs Over $100K
Kamil Kleszyk, 05 June 2022, 22:13
Activision Blizzard's Diablo Immortal, which was released a few days ago, is still on the lips of many gamers around the world, mainly due to its microtransaction model.
Diablo Immortal Pisses People Off Enough to Uninstall the Game
Miriam Moszczynska, 03 June 2022, 13:03
More and more players are noticing how Diablo Immortal has gone overboard with microtransactions. Some are slowly turning away from a title that is the textbook definition of pay-to-win.
Lootboxes Must be Regulated; Pressure on Governments Rises
Krzysiek Kalwasinski, 02 June 2022, 10:55
Lootboxes are once again at the center of controversy. Consumer organizations are pushing governments to regulate them.
Diablo Immortal Devs Defend Controversial Microtransactions
Przemyslaw Dygas, 26 May 2022, 17:15
Microtransactions in the upcoming Diablo Immortal have already generated a lot of controversy. Nevertheless, the developers defend their decision to implement paid elements in the game.
Hogwarts Legacy Without Multiplayer and Microtransactions
Hubert Sledziewski, 21 March 2022, 11:37
Avalanche Software and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment have confirmed that Hogwarts Legacy will only receive a single player mode. It will also not feature microtransactions.
Lootboxes in FUT are Not Gambling in the Netherlands; EA's Appeal Succeeds
Jacob Blazewicz, 09 March 2022, 22:22
The Kingdom of the Netherlands has withdrawn its recognition of FIFA Ultimate Team packs as gambling. Electronic Arts has thus avoided having to pay a €10 million fine.
NBA 2K is Scamming Kids? $5 Million Lawsuit Filed
Sonia Selerska, 08 March 2022, 15:39
NBA 2K series publisher Take-Two Interactive is set to face legal action for its practices regarding virtual currency and loot boxes.
Gran Turismo 7 Launches Today and the Monetization is Terrible
Christopher Mysiak, 04 March 2022, 15:07
Gran Turismo 7 is finally available on PS5 and PS4. The grand launch and very high ratings, however, are overshadowed by the game's intrusive monetization. The good thing is that Polyphony Digital is still committed to expanding the game with free updates.
Sony Reports: Boxes Dying Out, Microtransactions Worth More Than Games
Adrian Werner, 08 February 2022, 12:27
Sony's new financial report shows that microtransactions are the biggest source of revenue for PlayStation games. In the light of this news it's no surprise that the corporation has as many as 10 live-service game planned.
Halo Infinite - Prices in the Game’s Store Will Be Lowered
Adrian Werner, 16 January 2022, 21:18
343 Industries has announced changes in the Halo Infinite store. It's going to be cheaper, and you'll be able to buy some of the items available so far only in sets.
It Takes Two Dev Would Rather Get Shot in the Knee Than Bring NFTs to His Games
Miriam Moszczynska, 27 December 2021, 16:14
NFTs in video games sparks considerable controversy, which can be seen from the reactions of players and community in general. Josef Fares, the creator of It Takes Two, is also against the introduction of tokens to video games.
Ubisoft Won't Give Up NFTs: ‘It's a Major Change That Will Take Time’
Jacob Blazewicz, 22 December 2021, 20:09
The massive criticism of digits isn't deterring Ubisoft from blockchain. The company still sees the technology as the future of gaming, albeit admitting that such a big change takes time.
Reveal of New LoL Skin Fell Flat; Riot Decided to Listen to Players
Michal Ciezadlik, 14 December 2021, 16:27
Along with the patch 11.23 League of Legends was supposed to receive another skin associated with the TV series Arcane - Firelight Ekko. The developers, however, decided to postpone the skin's release due to a number of shortcomings pointed out by the community.
Buying All Items in Marvel's Avengers Would Cost Thousands of Dollars
Adrian Werner, 22 November 2021, 14:46
One Marvel's Avengers player counted how much buying all the cosmetic items in the game would cost. The total amount is impressive.
Wow's New Paid Outfit Angered the Community
Jacob Blazewicz, 19 November 2021, 17:39
Blizzard has chosen a rather unfortunate moment to reveal a new armor set in the game's store. This is because the Stargazer Pack outfit looks significantly better than the announced level sets.
Blizzard Boss Invites to a 'Sales Run' and Sparks a Storm in WoW Community
Jacob Blazewicz, 21 October 2021, 17:39
WoW fans are once engaged in heated discussions about the so-called raid boosting. All because of one of the heads of Blizzard inviting players to a so-called sales run.
New Microtransactions in Marvel's Avengers Enraged Gamers
Adrian Werner, 09 October 2021, 22:46
Fans of Marvel's Avengers are furious. Despite the developers' earlier promises, microtransactions that boost character progression rate have been added to the game.
New CS:GO Operation Taking Flak for Fortniteesque Skins
Michal Ciezadlik, 24 September 2021, 18:09
The topic of operator skins in CS:GO is a recurring one. Some players believe that the skins from the latest operation, Riptide, completely do not fit the game's style. They are even compared to those from Fortnite.
Marvel's Midnight Suns Won't Offer Microtransactions That Disrupt Game Balance
Paul Musiolik, 04 September 2021, 20:33
Marvel's Midnight Suns will not offer microtransactions and will focus entirely on the single player experience. This was confirmed by the game's creative director Jake Solomon.
EA is Making a Ton of Money on Live-service Games
Jacob Blazewicz, 05 August 2021, 12:09
Live-service games like Apex Legends and FUT mode in FIFA 21 remain a vein of gold for Electronic Arts. Meanwhile, the publisher is reporting diminishing revenues from sales of its titles.
Dead Space Remake Without Microtransactions and Loading Screens
Adrian Werner, 23 July 2021, 13:16
Dead Space remake creators revealed new details about the project. We found out, among others, that the game will have no microtransactions and the changes the remake will offer.
Massive PS4 Mining Rig Was Used for FIFA Ultimate Team Coins
Adam Krolak, 18 July 2021, 20:53
What was thought to be a crypto mine turned out to be a bot farm mining FIFA Ultimate Team coins. There's new information on the thousands of PS4 consoles found in Ukrainian warehouse.
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
Mikolaj Laszkiewicz, 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
Michal Ciezadlik, 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.