EA Backtracks on Micro Transactions in All Games

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EA Games previously said that it planned to put micro-transactions in all upcoming games, suggesting that a lot of future titles would feature pay to win mechanics. However, the publishing giant has now gone back on that original claim, after a huge public backlash.

"I made a statement in the conference along the lines of 'We'll have micro-transactions in our games' and the community read that to mean all our games, and that's really not true," said CFO Blake Jorgensen at the Wedbush Technology Conference ( via Polygon). He did however add the caveat that most of EA's Mobile titles will have micro-transactions, since those games will be for the most part, free.

Previously Jorgensen had suggested that console and PC games would in future by dominated by micro-transactions and that players actually enjoyed paying for things in-game.

Of course if you add lots of filler to your games, then people are going to "enjoy" getting past it so they can get to the good stuff - and if that means that have to pay a bit of cash then sure, it'll put a smile on their face, but they don't actually "enjoy" the act of giving money to a company just to ease off the grind.

So what do you guys think? Are Jorgensen and EA covering their asses here? Or did he make a mistake?

I'm leaning towards the former, but I've got my cynical head on today.


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