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the entire life of their microtransaction-supported games, and in a break from usual hiring patterns, have hired more employees as League of Legends and Fortnite gain popularity and longterm traction.⁷ Next time you’re interested in a game, research whether the in-game purchases could be detrimental to your overall experience. Weigh whether the game is worth your time and money; most often, you’ll likely find that the microtransactions in the game are well-balanced to the point

that you’re willing to accept a system that might have inherent pay-to-win elements. You most likely already do this anyways, and players are wonderfully talented at keeping game developer pay-to-win systems in-check through careful analysis of whether the systems are fair enough. Microtransactions are here to stay, and through continued exertion of the gamers’ power to purchase or boycott, the system can bring great benefits to both consumers and producers of gaming content.⁸

1. Joel Hruska, “EA Admits Defeat, Unlocks All Battlefront 2 Heroes, Removes Pay-to-Win Mechanics,” (2018). 2. Samit Sarkar, “Star Wars Battlefront 2 sales miss targets, EA blames loot crate controversy (update),” (2018). 3. “Seriously? I paid 80$ to have Vader locked?,” Reddit, 2017. 4. kobrakon101, “The Effect of Micro-Transactions On Halo,” Halo Way Point, (2016). 5. “Warframe just had a record breaking year in 2017 per today’s Leyou’s annual result announcement,” Reddit, (2018).

6. Jon Porter, “EA is laying off 350 employees and ramping down operations in Japan and Russia,” (2019). 7. Nicholas Barth, “Microtransactions: Positives and Negatives of the Industry Wide Practice,” (2018). 8. Author’s note: the opinions and viewpoints expressed in this paper do not accurately represent the author’s entire personal opinion on the matter.

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