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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

EnVakker, 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.

Cyberpunk 2077 - Devs Consider Microtransactions in Multiplayer Mode

Paul Wozniak, 24 November 2019, 23:00

The latest financial teleconference from CD Projekt revealed that Cyberpunk 2077's multiplayer mode is at an early stage of development. We also learned that the devs consider the implementation of microtransaction system. If it will appear, though, it is to be well-thought-out and in accordance with the company's principles.

Age of Empires 4 Without Microtransactions

Bart Swiatek, 18 November 2019, 10:23

Creative director of Age of Empires 4 stated that the game will not have any microtransaction system. It is possible, however, that we will get some expansions - what is interesting, also the previous installments of the series may get new content.

CoD: Modern Warfare - First Battle Scheduled for December

Paul Wozniak, 11 November 2019, 21:01

During a recent earnings call, Activision Blizzard CFO revealed that the first battle pass for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will be available in December this year. However, it is not yet known how much it will cost to get the edition that offers prizes in the form of cosmetic items.

Fortnite Loses Steam; Revenues From Microtransactions in Decline

Jacob Blazewicz, 07 November 2019, 12:21

SuperData has published a report on in-game spending for this year. Fortnite remains among the best earners, but the champion (and several other titles) is doing worse than in previous years.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Without Lootboxes and Airdrops

Adrian Werner, 14 October 2019, 14:56

People from Infinity Ward reassured the players that in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare we will not find lootbox or supply drop mechanics, at least on launch.

Cyberpunk 2077 Dev on Microtransactions and Next-gen Consoles

Bart Swiatek, 14 October 2019, 13:58

GameSpot conducted an interview with John Mamais, head of the Krakow branch of CD Projekt RED, where approximately 1/3 of the content of Cyberpunk 2077 is being created. During the conversation, the topics of microtransactions, next-gen consoles and the pressure associated with working on the highly-anticipated game were discussed.

Mario Kart Tour Remains in the Lead - Over 90 Million Downloads

Milosz Szubert, 03 October 2019, 12:45

The free racing game Mario Kart Tour has been downloaded over 90 million times in the first week since its launch on mobile devices. This is the best result of a Nintendo game in this market.

CS:GO - French Gamers Get a Lootbox Scanner With a Catch

Bart Swiatek, 02 October 2019, 11:43

French Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players now have the option - and even the obligation - to scan their equipment boxes before buying them. This feature is likely to have been implemented as a result of planned changes to the Anti-Gambling Act and its use is severely restricted.

Rumor: CoD Modern Warfare Loses Pre-orders Over Controversy?

Darius Matusiak, 30 September 2019, 14:37

Activision and Infinity Ward again discuss the microtransaction formula in the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Recent leaks have reportedly caused a significant drop in number of pre-orders.

Most Expensive Starship in Star Citizen Sold Within Seconds

Konrad Serafinski, 28 September 2019, 20:40

German website GameStar reports that the most expensive spacecraft in the history of Star Citizen was sold withing just a few seconds after it appeared in the store. The item was bought for $1130.

Mario Kart Tour is a Record Mobile Debut With Nasty Microtransactions

Jacob Blazewicz, 28 September 2019, 00:16

Mario Kart Tour's recent debut proved to be record-breaking among mobile games, easily outperforming the previously unbeatable Pokemon GO. Unfortunately, the success of the game was overshadowed by the stink raised by extremely nasty microtransactions.

Leak: CoD Modern Warfare Microtransactions are More Than Cosmetic

Barth Faryna, 26 September 2019, 22:54

Leak from a reliable source appeared on the web, claiming that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare wll feature microtransactions, and not just cosmetic ones. In the boxes players will allegedly find many types of weapons as well as cosmetic items.

Sea of Thieves Opens Store With Microtransaction

Michael Kulakowski, 13 September 2019, 22:12

As announced, Sea of Thieves is making a microtransaction store available to the players. Its offer includes pets, emoticons, and cosmetic items. For the most expensive set, which includes structural elements of our ship, we have to pay around $27.99.

Fallout 76 - Players are Angry About Pricey Fridge

Barth Faryna, 12 September 2019, 16:15

Bethesda has found another way to piss off the few people who remained faithful to Fallout 76. This time, the idea of the players to introduce a refrigerator to the game, where food can be stored, has been used in an ingenious Bethesda way.

NBA 2K20 is the Second Worst Rated Game on Steam

Bart Swiatek, 11 September 2019, 12:06

In just 6 days since its launch, NBA 2K20 has become the second worst rated production on Steam. This is due to the controversial microtransaction system, which is often referred to as a gambling simulator. Players also complain about bugs and a small number of changes compared to the previous part.

NBA 2K20 Launches to Good Expert Reviews and Flak From Gamers

Adrian Werner, 09 September 2019, 10:55

A few days after the launch, it is clear that NBA 2K20 was warmly welcomed by the industry media. The reaction of the gamer themselves, who flooded Steam with negative reviews, is quite different.