Activision's Manipulative Microtransaction Patent

Game News: Activision's Manipulative Microtransaction Patent

Activision has just received a patent for microtransactions based on player activity. Not worried yet? What if matchmaking pairs you with a player with awesome gear so you get trampled and want to buy the same gear? Now are you concerned?

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  • AishaAdventures FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Yomiko Readman's twin

    4 weeks ago

    Shady AF!

  • EricHVela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold doesn't get breaks.

    1 month ago

    I consider this to serve two possible purposes: To patent troll or to prevent people from doing it by being a patent troll.


    For this comment, I'm only considering MP games with non-cosmetic microtransactions, but I'll use just "MP" for brevity.


    Activision should know that such things would never fly with customers and that they would lose the sadly ever-dominating MP market. If that is the case, this means that anyone who tries it will have to pay Activision for it. Since this is out there in public now, everyone should know that they'll have to pay Activision to implement it. Activision's MP games will find themselves scrutinized by extreme measures. Any other MP game out there will likewise find itself under the careful analysis by players.


    Yet, I suspect there are MP games out there that already do this. The trick will be for players to prove it.


    So, this discovery might actually be a good thing (though not the patent itself). Activision probably won't be brave enough to do it especially with the scrutiny they'll be having now, but that means nobody else can without paying Activision for doing it and also means players will be on the lookout for unusual trends in such MP games.


    ... then again, I'm in a silver lining mood this morning.

  • Shmittles FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    huh... yeah, that's pretty vile. My bet on the next big thing is matchmaking with artificially increased wait times, along side limited-use "fast-passes" being sold to get the extra-paying players back to the norm. 


    Oh, and that's after you pay your internet provider for your monthly "premium gaming experience" fee once they kill off net neutrality. We're living in the future everyone! First they said it would be a utopia, then they said it would a dystopia, now it's looking like... whatever the heck this is. The fuuuutuuuuure...

  • RiverRunning

    1 month ago

    The Activision patent is interesting as a Steam game called BrainOut seems like it might already be using these for matchmaking... to the point of completely breaking games - particularly for those (few maybe?) of us who don't do microtransactions... I'd be happy enough for Activision to sue the makers of BrainOut if they have done it but I don't honestly know how you'd ever know without seeing the code itself and that's not going to happen without a very long, drawn-out legal battle.

  • JonnyVicious FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    Hella shady.  I've been trying to remain open minded about all of this but if this is what game developers are resorting to then I can no longer in good conscience pay full price for the game initially.  They're already making billions off of full priced games and now they're going to make even more billions on the backend as well?  I'm sorry but bleeding your customer base dry like that is bullshit.  


    And since some games are geared towards children what kind of values will future generations have when they grow up in that type of environment?  What are we teaching our children here?  Nothing good I can tell you that!

  • Sharkwaiter FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    I feel like Mica should have had some colour swatches at the end there, from morally grey to black.  "How shady is it?"


    But for real, it feels like game developers really want to start shifting the risk they take making any game these days onto the players, like they want us to gamble on lootboxes so games aren't so much of a gamble for them.  I guess it makes sense that they want some kind of stability, but it still massively sucks, and I'm worried it's just going to make games suck.  I know you don't have to buy any lootboxes or items or anything, but I don't want my gaming experience from now on to be like walking into a shop and having the staff coming up, saying 'are you alright today?', and constantly bugging you trying to get you to buy stuff.

  • MartyGras2 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    Damn.  They really want to bleed their audiences dry. 

    Ashley, no.  I haven't seen an Rooster Teeth ads when I surf the web.  I have been excepting them since most of internet traffic is to roosterteeth.com