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LEGO Fortnite Getting Paid LEGO Kits After Tomorrow's v29.00 Update

Today Epic Games announced the upcoming update v29.00 for its popular survival crafting game LEGO Fortnite, coming with quite a few interesting goodies.  The update launches tomorrow, March 8, and…

March 7, 2024 | 11:40 EST

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Temtem Microtransactions Being Removed Later This Year, Big Updates To Stop

Crema has announced that larger updates for Temtem, which usually contain major gameplay additions and new content, will end later this year. In a very lengthy letter to the Temtem community, Crema…

March 4, 2024 | 08:56 EST

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New Genshin Impact Trailer Shows Free & Paid Outfits for Lisa & Kamisato Ayaka

Today Genshin Impact developer HoYoverse revealed a new trailer showing off the new outfits that will be made available with the first update of 2023. The trailer, which you can watch below, focuses…

January 7, 2023 | 01:34 EST

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MultiVersus Halloween Event Is Incredibly Stingy

Want to unlock everything the new MultiVersus Halloween event has to offer? You'd better get to grinding. If you want to get the two skins, emote, and profile picture on offer, then you're probably…

October 12, 2022 | 11:32 EDT

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TechRaptor Podcast: Will There Be Microtransactions in Halo MCC?

In a slow news week, we get into the news that microtransactions may be coming to Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and we talk about the Xbox controller shortage. Now all of our lives are being…

June 27, 2022 | 07:05 EDT

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection Microtransactions Could Be Coming

343 Industries has suggested that Halo: The Master Chief Collection microtransactions could be on the way sometime soon. In a recent development update, the studio said it was "internally exploring"…

June 24, 2022 | 08:36 EDT

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Pokemon Unite Club Membership Launches at $9.99/mo.

The Pokemon Unite Club Membership has launched, giving access to exclusive cosmetic content and additional unite licenses every week for $9.99 a month. Pokemon Unite is a MOBA featuring some of the…

May 17, 2022 | 04:47 EDT

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Babylon's Fall Review

There are few Japanese developers as fascinating as Platinum Games. "Fascinating" is the choice word for the disparate spread of their quality instead of their consistency. One moment they're…

April 19, 2022 | 10:00 EDT

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Gran Turismo 7 Microtransactions Addressed by CEO of Polyphony Digital

Recent issues with the latest Gran Turismo 7 update and the subject of Gran Turismo 7 microtransactions have been addressed in a new letter by Polyphony Digital CEO Kazunori Yamauchi. Gran Turismo 7…

March 18, 2022 | 02:22 EDT

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FIFA 22 Apex Legends Crossover Announced for Some Reason

A FIFA 22 Apex Legends crossover has been announced, bringing items themed around Gibraltar, Octane, and Wraith into FIFA Ultimate Team. No, really. As you probably know, Apex Legends is a pretty…

March 4, 2022 | 01:51 EST

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Cozy Social MMO Palia Will Be Free-to-Play

Singularity 6 has announced that its upcoming social MMORPG Palia will be free-to-play -- and don't worry, it's only going to sell cosmetic items. Palia was first announced less than a year ago.…

February 17, 2022 | 03:21 EST

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The Halo Shop is Changing Next Week

343 Industries has announced that the Halo Shop will be changing early next week following feedback it's received from the community. Halo Infinite made a splash when it launched its multiplayer…

January 14, 2022 | 10:40 EST

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You Can Now Buy Marvel's Avengers XP Boosts

Despite saying it would never happen, Square Enix has added paid XP boosts to Marvel's Avengers. The game's marketplace now allows you to purchase temporary XP gains and resource collection boosts…

October 8, 2021 | 10:20 EDT

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EA Will Let Players Preview Some Loot Boxes In FIFA 22

EA is to allow players to preview the contents of certain loot boxes in FIFA 22. Preview Packs will let you see what's inside before you pick them up, and they'll be available at launch in the new…

September 20, 2021 | 11:05 EDT

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Pokémon GO Fest 2021 Wasn’t Worth $5

Niantic and the Pokémon GO Team have just laid another annual Pokémon GO Fest to rest. Much like the 2020 event, players all over the world were able to participate no matter where they are located.…

July 20, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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New World Microtransactions Anger Players Of Amazon MMO

Amazon's upcoming MMO is under fire for perceived pay-to-win options in its storefront. Players are concerned that New World microtransactions could ruin the feel of the game, causing the developer…

May 17, 2021 | 11:15 EDT

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Doom Eternal Gets Microtransactions Even Though Devs Said It Wouldn't

Two new cosmetic skin packs for Doom Eternal have just been released, despite id Software's assurances that the game would never have paid cosmetic DLC. The Doomicorn Pack and the Series One Cosmetic…

April 30, 2021 | 08:43 EDT

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Destiny 2 Microtransactions Are Changing for the Better in Year 4

Destiny 2 microtransactions are going to be changing for the better in Year 4. That's not all, though — some cool new cosmetic features are also on the way! Bungie's latest weekly update has the…

May 8, 2020 | 12:30 EDT

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ESRB Loot Box Ratings Will Warn Parents About Microtransactions

ESRB loot box ratings will soon start appearing on games reviewed by America's independent game ratings organization. This new ESRB rating will now make it easier for purchasers (and parents) to know…

April 13, 2020 | 11:39 EDT

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The Teamfight Tactics Galaxies Pass is Bringing New Content and Cosmetics

The Teamfight Tactics Galaxies Pass is going to be leaving beta soon, finally debuting a Battle Pass for this League of Legends auto chess analogue. If you haven't been keeping up with Teamfight…

March 3, 2020 | 03:22 EST

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Temtem Microtransactions Coming in 2021

With Pokemon-like MMO Temtem revealing its roadmap showing player housing, trading spots, new islands and more throughout the year. Studio Crema took time to focus on their upcoming plans for…

February 26, 2020 | 01:30 EST

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Next Need for Speed Heat Update Adds Microtransactions

Electronic Arts are known for microtransactions in most of their franchises, including FIFA, NHL, and the notorious Star War Battlefront II backlash. The developer is back at it again, and they are…

January 25, 2020 | 07:45 EST

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The Worrying Success of GTA V’s Diamond Casino

When GTA Online first went live in 2013, it was little more than a small addition to GTA V’s excellent single-player campaign. If anything, Online was considered to be grossly inferior as it lacked…

January 28, 2020 | 11:00 EST

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Battle Pass Vs. Loot Box: Which is Worse?

Of all the things that have shaped the world of gaming, none have had a greater impact than post-release monetization. The mere existence of such a concept has made it so that a game’s quality is no…

December 17, 2019 | 11:30 EST

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Ghost Recon Breakpoint Turns Guerrilla Warfare Into a Business

Just a few days before Ghost Recon Breakpoint's wide release, a furor erupted over the quantity and pricing of the microtransactions. Ultimate Edition owners got their feet wet on Auroa a few days…

October 2, 2019 | 03:43 EDT

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UK Loot Box Regulations Recommended by DCMS Committee

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media, & Sport Committee has recommended that UK loot box regulations are established to bring the microtransactions under the purview of gambling laws. While…

September 12, 2019 | 01:45 EDT

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Fallout 76's Seven Dollar Fridge Is Bethesda's Latest Blunder

Fallout 76 (Our Review) has been rife with issues and controversies since it launched in November last year. We've reported extensively on these such as screen issues on PlayStation 4 and the banning…

September 11, 2019 | 11:32 EDT

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Crash Team Racing's Second Grand Prix Brings Microtransactions Despite Past Promises

Update: We reached out to the ESRB about the addition of microtransactions and what they mean for the game and how they would require the in-game purchases descriptor to be added. An ESRB…

July 30, 2019 | 02:57 EDT

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Ryse: Son of Rome's Microtransactions Are Currently Free For Some Reason

Something odd seems to be going on over the store page for 2013's hack and slash Ryse: Son of Rome. As of right now the in-game currency DLC, dubbed "Gold", appears to be available free of charge.…

July 29, 2019 | 06:00 EDT

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Superdata: Overwatch Loot Box and In-Game Purchases Crosses $1 Billion Milestone

Overwatch loot box revenue and in-game purchases have crossed the $1 billion mark in the fourth year of the game's release. While Blizzard Entertainment's sci-fi first-person shooter is a premium…

July 25, 2019 | 11:34 EDT

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Cash Ops 4 Breaks the Bank for Players, As Well as Their Spirits

When I started writing this piece, I wanted to push it out quickly because I was feeling frustrated.  But I decided to wait because Treyarch had announced a new update coming on June 25.  This update…

July 2, 2019 | 12:00 EDT

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Discussing The Legal Issues of the Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act

Earlier last month, United States Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) pledged to introduce legislation to combat microtransactions in games that were marketed to children. Senator Hawley soon followed through…

June 25, 2019 | 02:00 EDT

Gears 5 Won't Have A Season Pass, Gear Packs, Or Loot Box Content

Gears 5 Won't Have A Season Pass, Gear Packs, Or Loot Box Content

The Coalition studio has just posted an update on the official Gears 5 website on how players will earn content in the game. It even includes a "TL:DR" summary: "Gear Packs are gone. So is Season…

June 21, 2019 | 01:15 EDT

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Loot Box Ban Bill Introduced To Senate With Bipartisan Support

United States Senator Josh Hawley's (R-MO) Loot Box Ban Bill (which was announced earlier this month) has been filed in a show of bipartisan support. Senators Ed Markey (D-MA) and Richard Blumenthal…

May 24, 2019 | 06:00 EDT

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Borderlands 3 Will Have Microtransactions Despite Statements To The Contrary

The Borderlands 3 Worldwide Gameplay Reveal is happening right now, and you can watch the frantic shootin'-'n-lootin' it on Twitch and YouTube. The event had quite a bit leading up to it, with a…

May 1, 2019 | 04:43 EDT

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Mortal Kombat 11 Update To Ease Towers Of Time, Gift Free Kurrency

A Mortal Kombat 11 update is coming. The patch, which will have different contents kontents for each platform, is scheduled to hit in the next few days. This seems to be in response to fan complaints…

April 27, 2019 | 09:45 EDT

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Rocket League Loot Boxes Can No Longer Be Opened In Belgium and The Netherlands

Rocket League loot boxes can no longer be opened in Belgium and The Netherlands in a continuation of the war between government regulation of in-game microtransactions and game developers. The most…

April 18, 2019 | 10:50 EDT

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FTC Loot Box Workshop to Discuss Consumer Issues This August

A long-promised FTC workshop on loot boxes has been announced and will be taking place in August 2019. This FTC loot box workshop will seek to tackle issues surrounding microtransactions and loot…

April 8, 2019 | 10:20 EDT


Epic Adding "Undo" Button To Fortnite Purchases

Epic Games, makers of insanely popular money printing machine Fortnite, have announced the addition of a new undo button on all purchases made in the game. The new feature will be added in an…

March 16, 2019 | 01:20 EDT

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PEGI Introducing Descriptor For Physical Products With In-Game Purchases

PEGI - the European content rating system - announced today that it will start labeling physical products that contain in-game purchases. The equivalent for digital products is already in action, but…

January 16, 2019 | 05:48 EST

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Monetization Report

Call of Duty changes things up more than any game in the series has for a while. Black Ops 4 will be the first game in the popular shooter series to not include a traditional single-player campaign.…

November 17, 2018 | 12:00 EST

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Fallout 76 Atomic Shop Lets Players Buy Cosmetic Items With Real Money

Bethesda has released some details regarding the Atomic Shop microtransaction system in its upcoming online survival RPG Fallout 76. The Atomic Shop will allow players to purchase cosmetic items…

November 5, 2018 | 03:08 EST


Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Black Market Revealed

The Black Market is available on PlayStation 4 for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. The in-game store is available first on PS4 and seven days later on Xbox One and PC. The Black Market will introduce…

October 19, 2018 | 03:55 EDT

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Monster Hunter World Adding Paid Character Appearance Do-Over Tickets In Spring

Players of Monster Hunter World will be able to change their character's appearance via paid "Hunter Grooming Tickets" in spring, Capcom has announced. This feature was revealed during Capcom's…

March 15, 2018 | 10:45 EDT

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ESRB to Add "In-Game Purchases" Label onto Physical Games

Last year, the conversation around loot boxes reached fever-pitch, with several high-profile controversies making headlines around the world. Many countries were forced to debate whether or not the…

February 28, 2018 | 12:39 EST

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Hawaii Proposes Bills to Regulate Games with Loot Boxes

Toward the end of last year, Hawaii state representative Chris Lee started laying the groundwork for taking legislative action against video games that offer loot boxes for sale. Now the fruit of his…

February 16, 2018 | 03:45 EST

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Metal Gear Survive Comes with Microtransactions; Constant Connection Needed

Konami has revealed more details about their upcoming survival adventure game, Metal Gear Survive. A report by Gamespot - who recently had a preview session with the game - detailed some information…

January 17, 2018 | 04:30 EST

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Hawaii Legislator Reveals Next Steps to Tackle Loot Boxes

It’s no secret that loot boxes have been under fire recently, and a Hawaiian lawmaker has laid out the next steps necessary to make microtransaction regulation a part of the law. Democratic House…

December 11, 2017 | 07:49 EST