According to a poll by LendEDU, more than half of gamers say that microtransactions and paid DLC add value to video games.
It's based on 500 total votes. Not exactly an overwhelming amount of data gathered here. Solid DLC content I can understand people buying. Anything past that is usually a huge ripoff.
I know a friend who doesn't even make that much money, makes like 45k, and he spends like $300 average on microtransactions on fire emblem, hearthstone, and overwatch. He admits it's an addiction.
I can see that, sadly.
I rarely spend money on any DLC. Nioh is the only game this year that I've bought DLC for. The only franchise that I always buy DLC/season pass for Battle Field. Which is worth it, IMO. As far as loot boxes and cosmetic DLC. I don't spend a dime.
Yeah, and speaking to this article it is like saying tv viewers willing to spend up to 100,00 on a tv. Well no stuff Watson!!! There will always be sellout gamers that make things worse for others. But the vast majority will not. Vote with your wallet. 85% of all news articles are paid for (but they dont identify which ones).
One of the questions from the poll: "10. On a scale of 1 star (low) to 10 stars (high), rate your trust for big video game developers like EA. One Star - 3.20% Six Stars - 13.6% Two Stars - 2.00% Seven Stars - 15.8% Three Stars - 2.20% Eight Stars - 17.2% Four Stars - 4.80% Nine Stars - 9.00% Five Stars - 10.6% Ten Stars - 21.6%" ----------------------------- ------------------- Where did they do this poll? Obviously not reddit. Lol The majority said they "trust" EA, with more than 20% giving them 10 stars. Seriously
Think pollsters were from EA's staff. Although, 21% still seems high even with that being the case. Think I would have been more interested if this poll separated DLC and MT, as well as maybe classified the type of MT/DLC. I'd also like to see how many actually have spent money on these things, and how many have actually spent $100-200 annually. The reason I say this is because I know the actual numbers through stuff I see at work, and it is nowhere close to 50% of gamers actually spending that kind of money. Sadly, NDA's prevent me from saying anything, and realistically, all I have is my word for people to believe me on.
Kind of odd that half of gamers say that, but actual industry reports say that less than 10% of people who play any given game actually spend money on MT. The more a game sells, the lower the percentage goes. However, I can actually see maybe willing in the case of DLC, because that's kind of a broad spectrum of things, which can be crappy, to really good and desirable. For instance, I have never brought a single MT in my life. But I have brought a few DLC products like TLOU:LB, and will be buying Frozen Wilds soon. There have been a few others. Only season pass I ever brought was DriveClub, but did get the one for Bioshock Infinite free when I brought the strategy guide through a promotion at GameStop. In any case, being willing to buy MT/DLC is nowhere near the same as actually buying MT/DLC....and the actual numbers prove this to be the case.
Was just about to comment on the paltry sample size. I'm willing to bet this distribution is skewed by (a) free to play games and (b) popular games with "pay to win" practices.
Edit: the friend spends average $300 per week.
Report DUMB gamers with money will waste money on DLC and ultimate editions.
Then I'm a happy dumb dumb for enjoying the eff outta frozen wilds dlc. It actually added to the original. . . Just kidding, I don't believe you think all dlc is a rip off.
I don't and especially not Frozen wilds. You all know the type of DLC I'm talking about (cut content)
while I'm generally not a fan of DLC to say "dumb gamers with money will waste money on DLC" is just plain wrong and narrow minded. More often than not I finish a game and that's it. I'm of the old school variety who thinks, mainly, that a game should be released as a final product and anything more either be included with the game or packaged into a sequel. But there have been some instances the past 3-4 years that I've purchased great DLC for great games. Bloodborne, Horizons Frozen Wilds, The Witchers, even Destiny despite the fact it's overpriced and underwhelming. I do think the practice in whole is a bit excessive and so on, but DLC is not always a waste of money nor is it only so called dumb gamers who buy them. To lump DLC and classify it like one would a MT is many things, not right is one of them.
Dumb gamers be spending those, not actual gamers
i'm willing to spend 0 on MT. not gonna be pit against other players and enticed to spend money to win (i'm not gonna win either way though lol)
A fool and his money......
...are soon parted.
I spend $0 on this crap annually. Poll me next time.
I am with you guys
I don't think I bought any DLC last year, to be honest I don't think I have bought any DLC for any game on my PS4. But I don't buy the type of games that are loaded with them either. I bought a disk copy of Lost Legacy but I'd hardly call that DLC. And I plan to buy the complete edition of Horizon so that's not really DLC either.
Well, not me.
So, 500 spoiled five to eight year olds love microtransactions and paid DLC? Well now we all know where EA must go for polls on big decisions.
I'm willing to pay for DLC if they are good content. I usually buy single player story driven DLC, but I do buy some multiplayer DLCs if it's something I tend to play alot. Usually the one's I buy are priced reasonably.
If people were not willing to spend money on it then it would not get to where it is today.
BS I've never met or even heard of anyone that is really that stupid that they buy into this shit. Season passes is one thing & many people buy these because they add lots of content (whether its cut from the original game is another argument). No one but sad Twitch streamers actually buy these micro transaction shit though.
Are these "Gamers" cell phone gamers?
Not this dude. Honestly, you have a problem if you spend hundreds of dollars on cosmetic items in games.
Paid dlc like the Witcher or Horizon Zero Dawn? Yeah no problem, take my money. Pay for a booster or loot crate? You can shove it.
You should fix the title to: "Report: Uneducated Gamers willing to spend $100 - $200 on microtransactions, DLC annually" because I know people in here aren't uneducated (for the most part) and wouldn't give in to that crap. MT's need to go unless the game is F2P and even then it's questionable. I've literally paid $10 in MT's altogether. It was GTA, it was a $10 shark card and it was with a credit from PSN for the $10. I justified by thinking how much time I've put into the game without spending money so I thought "why not this 1 time" I still feel crappy about it. Like I really shouldn't have done it. Like I am almost supporting EA and Battlefront's crap by showing that it's ok to spend money on this shit. F*ck Greed
I'd wager there are people in here who would buy into these kinds of things. DLC is fine, no biggie most of the time. But MT, you don't see people admitting to purchasing that often. You know they exist, but it's such a unpopular thing to do, that no one wants to go against the consensus.
I’m happy to report that I haven’t spent a single dime on MTs this year. DLC, on the other hand, I had spent alot on, especially the quality ones.
If there is DLC that interests me, or if there is a game where I just want to enjoy and not want to devote much time unlocking everything I buy, and I am not a dumb gamer. Been gaming since the late 70s, owned every console since then and now, and working upwards of 50-60 hours a week, sometimes many just don't have the time, and buy DLC or performance upgrades. I stay out of telling other gamers, many of which I hope are mature, grown, some middle aged men who have established careers, know what they like, and have money to spend, what to spend their money on. Lets be real who really cares what a stranger says on the internet anyways, so I really don't have issues with micro-transactions. I buy what I like, and what is not worth it to me, I don't.
The polls aren't really that hard to believe. As much as everyone on here seems to hate DLC, it is a big money maker in the real world. You think these devs are wasting their time on it and no one buys it? About 1/3 spend 0-50. About 1/3 spend 51-100. About 1/3 spend more than 100. Not unreasonable. EA said more than half their revenue is from DLC.
Madness, you could put that money towards better things if you really wanted something more.
Easily way more than that unfortunately and depending on how much your into that particular game it can be quadruple or more thatn that price posted on just one damn game.. That's what publishers and devs have done, made it virtually impossible to either say no, keep up with others or they made it so you need to buy into loot boxes for gear to progress, it's disgusting.
The only games I ever bought DLC for was Rock Band, Guitar Hero, Halo 3, Mario Kart 8 and Breath of the Wild.
Damn whales 🐋
This doesn't seem unrealistic at all. Just say a person plays COD and Battlefield and buys the Map Packs/DLC. That's $100 right there. . That's hundreds of thousands maybe even millions of gamers. Not all DLC is created equal. I can remember how many of people praised the Witcher 3 DLC. How about Uncharted latest (call it what you want but it's still DLC)? Horizon? Last of Us? All quality DLC. Those in no way compare to loot boxes. And this is an average. Some of the few on here that say they don't buy absolutely anything don't really matter. This is an average and you guys are what we call outliers. You don't speak for everyone. You can be commended for your efforts I guess. I guess I'm a bad person because I bought the Uncharted DLC and Horizon's. Both are great but according to some on here I'm part of the problem.
These people are morons, not gamers.
Bull shit. Not me. I hardly ever buy DCL/microtransactions.
The last time I bought dlc was for deadspace 2. Getting more inventory space from a new battle space suit was totally worth it! Lol! But yeah, haven't bought any dlc since then.
Any gamer willing to throw away money like that is either a manchild with the self restraint of a newborn or a child with mommy's credit card. Or both!
well not me, but i don't know about those casuals
They must have used a retard control group for this study. Stop trying to push MT's into video games! Majority of the video games released aren't even worthy of a $65 price tag. Our games are broken and patched from day one; ideas are rehashed and becoming uninspired, and many dlc packs are infeasible or should have been in the game from the beginning. Provide us with quality, and respect, then we may talk about price. Otherwise, gaming as a hobby is becoming very stale.
If content is worth it to me , have no qualms with buying them .
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