Microtransactions


“NBA 2K19” Players Are Mad Over Unskippable Ads Within The Game

There’s a new controversy with NBA 2K19 players, and it has nothing to do with the gameplay and everything to do with advertisements. The game has already received year-round criticism from people complaining about the fact that pretty much every aspect of the game has some form of microtransaction tied to it. Meaning the content […]

Nintendo is Asking Mobile Developers to Drop Microtransactions

In a report by The Wall Street Journal, Nintendo sources claim the gaming company is worried microtransactions will ruin its reputation. The publisher has gone so far as to ask its mobile game development studios to curb player spending. One of the sources for the WSJ article hails from Dragalia Lost developers Cygames’ parent company CyberAgent Inc. CyberAgent […]

EA Stops Selling FIFA Points in Belgium Due to Loot Box Decision

Electronic Arts just joined a growing list of companies who are forced to take loot boxes and microtransactions off the market in Belgium. The company issued a statement this week confirming that FIFA Points will be removed from FIFA 19 in the country, however, they will continue to remain a part of the game everywhere […]

Activision

Belgium Declares Loot Boxes Illegal and Wants Them Removed

And so it begins. It didn’t take long after The Netherlands made their own ruling that loot boxes were a form of gambling for other European countries to explore the matter and make their own decisions. Today, Belguim just made one that could be the start of a lengthy legal process in their country for […]

State of Decay 2

Microtransactions Won’t Come to State Of Decay 2

Undead Labs have made it clear in a response to a microtransactions thread on Reddit that the company will not include any such system in their upcoming title State Of Decay 2. The news comes on the heels of the company announcing the game would be released on Xbox One for $30 on May 22nd, […]

The ESRB Will Add a New Interactive Tool for In-Game Purchases

There are parts of the ESRB we love and hate equally, which is probably why we have respect for the system because ultimately after all these years, their system seems fair. And much like putting a rating on films, the ESRB only serves as a warning system to parents and adults of what’s being sold. In […]

Get Ready for Loot Boxes in Dragon Ball FighterZ

You’d think game companies would learn the lessons that have been taught to them over the past calendar year about putting loot boxes inside games, but you know what… they don’t. Bandai Namco is the latest to join the “bad idea in a good game” train by adding loot boxes to Dragon Ball FighterZ. The news […]

What A Shock: The ESA Says Microtransactions Are Not Gambling

In an interview with Rolling Stone, the ESA (Entertainment Software Association) has joined the ESRB in their stance that microtransactions and loot systems are not a form of gambling. The quote came from a story where Hawaiian officials are contemplating putting a law into effect, banning them from being sold to children. One could argue […]

There’s A ‘DOOM’ Mod That Pokes Fun At Loot Boxes

My, oh my, is this ever beautiful! Someone has created a mod of DOOM that makes fun of the entire loot box and microtransaction controversy. You can find the details on ZDOOM’s forum, but the short version is that this mod “up to modern triple-A video game standards” by downloading the mod into the old-school version […]

Activision

The UK Gambling Commission Issues A Statement On Loot Boxes

The UK Gambling Commission issued a statement over the weekend regarding the ever-growing argument over loot boxes/crates and microtransactions, and whether or not they constitute gambling. The commission decided that they are not gambling since the money you put into them does not constitute a cash payout in return and that you’re technically buying something. […]

Australian Officials Concur That Loot Boxes Are Gambling

An Australian user on Reddit has posted a correspondence he had about loot boxes with a representative of the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation. In it, the government individual confirms that under their current laws, loot boxes and other gaming microtransactions do fall under gambling. We highly recommend checking out the entire post, but below is […]

Shadow Of War

Microtransactions Are Alive And Well, And We Made It That Way

Big budget, AAA games publishers like EA and Activision absolutely love micro-transactions. And from their perspective, we can’t even blame them. They’re making money hand over fist and that is exactly what they want. But that’s only in the short term. The micro-transaction revenues netted from Destiny 2 and Shadow of War typically end up being used to […]