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Just say no to microtransactions in video games.

Microtransactions are a business model where users can purchase virtual goods via micropayments. Microtransactions are often used in free-to-play games to provide a revenue source for the developers. It makes sense on free games, but what if it happens on a video game that you already paid 60 dollars for its access?

Star Wars: battlefront II is a good example, you can get cards from loot boxes which can be equipped on characters for addition buffs, many online video games have this loot box system, like Dota and Overwatch. The problem is that you can only get decorations for your characters, it doesn’t make you stronger than other players.

Personally speaking, I hate Microtransactions, especially in those competitive games. Of course, no one wants to lose, the game environment should be equal. I already paid $60 for this game, now you are telling me I need to pay another $60 to unlock all characters and another $60  to get the skills that all other players have?

This system only enrages the players, and where will this lead? EA (Company of Star Wars: battlefront II) lost $3 billion in stock value after Battlefront II Debacle, according to a CNBC report.

EA is feeling the burn after the gaming community as a whole rebelled against the microtransaction model in Star Wars Battlefront 2, and as the result they changed it to Cosmetic-Only. But still, the players they lost from Microtransactions won’t come back.

I understand Microtransactions are a good way for game companies to make more profits. But they should be used in the right way. I like to play Overwatch, there are Microtransactions in it, I’m glad to pay some money for new skins for my favorite character, but no matter I pay or not, it doesn’t affect my game experience, I won’t have to pay extra just to start at the same place as my opponent.

Two video games with Microtransactions in it that affect the balance (Star Wars: battlefront II and Middle-earth: Shadow of War) both got criticized because of it. At last, I hope Microtransactions will decrease, believe me,  having loyal fans and a strong reputation is more important than making profits.

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