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RSS FeedsWhy Activision's Microtransaction Patent Worries Us
(GameSpot Wii News)


19 october 2017 19:50:26

Why Activision's Microtransaction Patent Worries Us
(GameSpot Wii News)

We recently learned that gaming giant Activision holds a patent for a system that `drives microtransactions in multiplayer video games.` Though the publisher has confirmed that the technology is not implemented in any of its games currently--including Destiny 2--the Lobby crew is less than excited about what this could mean for future games. In the video above, they examine why it could be a problem.The patent`s description specifies that its methods can include matchmaking systems that influence buying behavior. `The system may match a more expert/marquee player with a junior player to encourage the junior player to make game-related purchases of items possessed/used by the marquee player,` the patent explains. `A junior player may wish to emulate the marquee player by obtaining weapons or other items used by the marquee player.`The crew discusses how this could shape multiplayer gameplay, why they`re worried about 12-year-olds with their moms` credit cards, and money management tips in the context of Taco Bell tacos. Rob also talks more about Star Wars Battlefront II`s loot crate problem.The Lobby airs every Wednesday at 11 AM PT. You can watch it live, as well as catch earlier episodes, on GameSpot.com and GameSpot`s YouTube and Twitch channels.
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