According to SuperData, 49% of gamers in the United States have spent money on in-game content in September on console and PC.
My son buys steam cards so he can get stuff for his character in TF2. I just shake my head.
Kids still play TF2?
^he plays TF2, Apex and Overwatch but no Fortnite... interestingly enough.
And you didn't pull him aside for a father-son chat about how dumb cosmetics are, and why he should save those cards for steam sales?
At least not that low IQ battle royal things. Just make him stop buy MT things and reward him with real games instead of participate in Gambling mechanics.
Blame the parents..
You have my condolences.
Nintendo does it smartly, they charge their fans $120 to get 2 versions of Pokemon to get the full experience.
Are people upvoting this sarcastically? Because this is not a good business practice either...
@DaDrunkenJester "It's okay when Nintendo does it." Basically.
Well.. it is the life of US consumers. Marketing and advertising is the new oil industry with trillions of net profit pouring in for selling ideas, products, motivations etc... I mean, how many stories have we read about kids spending their parents money on video games alone like in fortnite etc? Predatory marketing approaches.
Of course because MTX are shoved down are throats in these games. Its almost impossible to not be tempted to make at least one MTX in your gaming hobby.
I don't think anyone over the age of 20 has ever been tempted. It just doesn't make any sense. Why would you spend any money on a blue shirt or something, when that has no impact on the game itself? (I don't want MTs to impact gameplay, that's worse obviously, but in that case I'd at least understand why some people would buy them).
@Jeece To think that gamers 25 and up haven't made a single MTX at any point to be simply false. This goes all the way back to horse armor back then to shelling out 100$ subscription currently. You can't tell me in that wide time gap not one person was ever tempted to spend on MTX even if its just once. MTX are only getting worse and are growing fast. Seems like ppl spend MTX on the games they really like the most. You'll be surprised, if that blue shirt was rare and nobody else has it ppl will spend money literally just to show off. Dumb generation of gamers today I know.
And 51% of them aren't idiots.
Amen, Foxtrot. They're ruining the games industry. Imagine if they actually spend that micro-transaction money on new games or something worthwhile.
Yep, lot of stupid people out there...
Nintendo does it smartly, they trick their fans into buying 2 versions of Pokemon with varying experiences.
I like that you keep posting this irrelevant comment (not being sarcastic).
Re-read the post from @telekineticmantis...its quite relevant.
Yeah but those aren't even MT's. Those are two separate full priced games lol.
Right the problem is it's the same but they mix it up and add exclusives, not even EA is that bold.
I’d say a lot more than 49% of gamers in general have bought mtx. Which is why they keep selling them. And why you yearn for government regulation because your cries ring on deaf ears.
You sound like a villain in a Marvel movie
The way people act like mtx are the end of the world I’m not surprised lol. Extinction level event status.
Lol they don't need a majority of people to buy MTs to keep selling them. In fact, a lot of the people even counted in this number are probably kind of irrelevant (people who bought one skin in their favorite multiplayer game). What they need is a that small percentage that spends a ton of money, over and over.
Yeah if you count them it would probably be in the 90th percentile lol.
The crazy thing is that the new Need For Speed dropped without a single mtx in sight, at least for now. I make jokes about alternate realities but I'm starting to think I woke up in one.
Keyword: for now.
Smokehouse is disappointed. Let's pray that micro-transactions return to NFS for his sake
I dont buy EA games lol. It doesn’t matter to me one way or the other.
For the first time since NFS: Underground 2, I'm actually considering buying a NFS game.
I am part of the 51%.
I bought cosmetics for one game - Planetside 2 on PS4. I was really addicted to that game for a spell. I assume I'm part of that 49%.
you're proud of this I see. Congrats.
What's wrong with buying cosmetics for a free to play game? You expect them to update the game and keep their infrastructure running for free?
@illLogic, I have no argument with you on your post, that is completely "Logical" Free 2 play games survive on MT's so I wont be silly nor insult your intelligence to say otherwise, my post was in reference to @CDbiggen's post. It came across as arrogance because he/she made it personal. Wanting to be a part of the %49 that is contributing (some willingly and others unwittingly) to what most believe is the decline in gaming to a model that will ruin gaming as a whole is rather silly thing to boast about and DARE I say attention seeking.
lol calm down, that's not how I meant it at all. I was assuming that anyone who has ever paid for cosmetics is part of that percentage - that's it, I'm afraid. Please don't jump the gun.
My bad dawg
Not everyone of us can use our brains.
And for some reason, 99% of gamers complain about them. In all honesty, most of these MTs purchases are coming from F2P games.
yeah, but how many of that are from kids
I am completely against it and will not buy in to it. I think they exist so they can target there biggest audience, children! As a parent its very very frustrating to have your 7 yr old drive you crazy for that nonsense. The headaches and arguments its created, really sucks sometimes! His mother buys him that shit, i refuse and just keep telling them both that they are supporting a bad and dangerous money scamming cause. I feel like strangling whoever invented micros!
49% of ALL gamers or just the percentage of the specific number asked?
My friend a grown man of thirty nine years of age when and bought some gun parts for a sniper rifle in Ghost Recon Breakpoint, spending ten dollars for them. Says he couldn't help it, cause he wanted to make his gun stronger. Whereas he could have gone in the internet to see where the guns parts are located within the game for free most likely. He buys these microtransactions still after I've told him all about how these companies are fleecing people out of their money for non neccessary things just because you're not willing to put in the work to get the reward naturally. How Fortnite makes millions of dollars in a month of a free to okay game just selling cosmetics that do nothing or gives an unfair advantage in other games. What did I expect when he continues to by NBA2K every year then still complain about it after buying. Same with MLB The Show, CoD. Told him not to waste his money on Breakpoint but got it anyway, and now complains about no friendly AI teammates and everything else wrong with the game. As they say, a sucker is born every minute.
The problem is that nobody is actually doing MICRO transactions and the value always sucks. If you consider 60$ gets you a game engine, tens of thousands of textures, hundreds of character models, music, video and all kinds of game modes and mechanics, then how is 5$ for a single texture fair by any means? I too have supported developers with microtransactions, but they are those who make free to play games that aren't really p2w. Think stuff like Path of Exile.
I spend a few bucks on Puzzle and Dragons once in a while. Definitely not like the whales that spend $1k+ looking for a specific roll.
2 things: 1) How much of this is exclusively driven by Fortnite, which has become more of a mainstream thing that the n4g crowd wouldn't touch? I'd love to see numbers with Fortnite removed. 2) I'd love to see this broken down by age. For whatever reason, cosmetic MTs seem to really appeal to younger kids/teens right now. Not trying to do a "dumb kids these days" argument, as we didn't even have the option to spend money on MTs when I was that age, so it's impossible to compare my generation. It's just that, for whatever reason, that generation doesn't seem to have any aversion to small purchases in a game like people over the age of 20 do. My theory is that it's because they grew up with smartphones and app purchases, where we didn't, but that may not be right.
Welp, time to watch the world burn.
A lot of stupid people with too much money to spend.
Personally I'll buy a multiplat game that interests me & if it has MTs I'll pay it absolutely no mind because it doesn't interest me especially after I've paid full price for the game. DLC story expansion I will pay for if I want to continue playing a game that I enjoyed. Some folks don't mind wasting their money buying MTs even though they have paid full price for a game & personally I don't care it's their game & their money which has nothing to do with me or it having any effect on my life. To each their own.
This is y thay will never stop them i hate them and will never buy them mind you i am old and tight with my money lol lol
Have Americans done anything right?
Are you really that stupid? Never mind, your name says it all...
sucks to hear
That's concerning. Didn't think it would be THAT high.
It's a cancerous spread that will only get worse.
Cosmetics are crap.
This is why microtransactions will never go away.🤦♂️
I'm proud to be part of the 51% of people who are "smart." ;)
Are you sure those are gamers and not “gamers?” True gamers disown those idiots.
And this is way microtransactions will never go away. Our voice won't matter much as long as people keep buying them.
and this is why trump won lol
Sad ; younger gen doesn't know how it used to be