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Microtransactions pay off. How a World of Warcraft mount outsold StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

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Microtransactions pay off.  How a World of Warcraft mount outsold StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

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Microtransactions pay off.  How a World of Warcraft mount outsold StarCraft II: Wings of LibertyNo matter how many players get upset about it, the topic of micropayments in games, broadly understood, returns like a boomerang (or perhaps never completely disappears). From cosmetic items for money, through maneuvers that more or less simplify the gameplay (e.g. allowing you to partially or completely avoid the grind), to the most brutal treatments, i.e. pay-to-win. Recently I came across a sad illustration of why this continues.

Micropayments are a highly unpopular, yet extremely effective method of making money. A good example is Starcraft II, which loses to… the World of Warcraft pony.

Microtransactions pay off.  How a World of Warcraft mount outsold StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty [1]

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More recently, Mortal Kombat 1 has received generally good reviews, and certainly a lot of positive reviews, and it introduces some quite interesting guest characters. However, there are some criticisms, most recently due to paid fatalities. This is not the end, as it is already known that Warner Bros. Games will follow suit and target even more aggressively with broadly understood additional payments. While browsing through this information, I accidentally came across quite interesting material from a few weeks ago, which perfectly summarizes the topic.

Microtransactions pay off.  How a World of Warcraft mount outsold StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty [2]

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Well, Jason T. Hall – formerly an employee of Blizzard, now an independent developer – posted a short video on his channel relating to the topic of micropayments. He revealed that the World of Warcraft pony game, which was supposed to cost $15, made more money than Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty, which he was working on at the time. A dozen or so years have passed since then and, as you can see, not much has changed. As long as masses of players continue to buy lucrative mounts, horse armor, and other trinkets, profit-seeking corporations will continue to operate in one way or another. It is therefore not surprising that WB Games is preparing more payments in games, or that Blizzard will make you pay PLN 400 instead of about PLN 200 for three days’ early access to the latest expansion. As Todd Howard would say: “It just works.”

Source: Pirate Software (Youtube)



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