PP Monetization 2

For this week’s cast, I spoke with noted Game Economist Ramin Shokrizade on the growth of monetization in the game industry, and how it impacted MMOs, free to play games, games as a service, and a lot more.

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For a special livecast, I spoke with noted Game Economist Ramin Shokrizade about the subject of monetization in the game industry. We had a lengthy chat about microtransactions and their implementation in games today. We also spoke about pay to win design, and the ways of designing ethical monetization.

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South park Phone destroyer 1

Who would have guessed that the South Park IP would become a new hit RPG franchise. After the surprising success of The Stick of Truth, we got the Fractured But Whole and Phone Destroyer this year. Despite a perfect use of the IP, South Park Phone Destroyer fails to avoid the monetization traps that have plagued mobile games before it, and for me sinks what would be an otherwise great concept.

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Limited time only DLC is always a tricky subject, and today’s Critical Thought examines the practice and popular examples. This is a great way to make money off of monetization, but will always piss off some part of your user base. Is there a happy medium of limited-time content without it annoying people?

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