EA clarifies position on having microtransactions in all games

EA won't be putting controversial microtransactions in all of its games, says CFO, after earlier EA report suggested this would be the case.

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EA has clarified its position on microtransactions, after announcing last week that the controversial system would feature in all of its games.

Chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen made the comment last month, but has today said it was "really not true."

"I made a statement in the conference along the lines of 'we'll have microtransactions in our games,' and the community read that to mean all our games, and that's really not true," said Jorgensen at Wedbush Technology Conference (via Polygon).

What Jorgensen was actually saying was that microtransactions would be a core part of its mobile software. "All of our mobile games will have microtransactions in them, because almost all of them are going to a world where they are play-for-free," he clarified.

In Jorgensen's original speech, he said that "consumers are enjoying and embracing that way of the business" with regards to microtransactions.

EA's Dead Space 3 was the subject of much controversy after its decision to include microtransactions, but that won't be the case in all of EA's console games. Jorgensen further went on to clarify the publisher's position towards downloadable content on its console games, pointing specifically to Battlefield Premium as a way to extend the life of its titles.

"It allows someone to take a game that maybe they played for 1,000 hours and play it for 2,000 hours," said Jorgensen. "We are very conscious that we don't want to make consumers feel like they're not getting value. We want to make sure consumers are getting value."

"The real core of the microtransaction business is within the mobile part of our business which is the free-to-play business," he concluded.

Discussion

482 comments
chaotikal
chaotikal

Keep it to mobile, EA, and stay there with your s****y microtransactions. We don't want that garbage here anymore. I could see this coming after all of the Madden and College football micro team building s**t.

Cooper140
Cooper140

The only thing worse than micro transactions and DLC is DAY ONE DLC. What the f**k is this s**t all about? The latest one to p*ss me off is the skin pack for GOW: Judgment. 4000MS points. The F**K? Whatever happened to in-game  unlockables?  The thing is, these a already in then game! 

RenegadeGR
RenegadeGR

so we buy a $60 game and pay extra $100 to get everything we didnt get? WTF

WayneSikes49
WayneSikes49

Any game that requires (or coerces) microtransactions to make you pay more money for a game you already paid for, is best solved by downloading a trainer for the game and using that. Is it cheating to give yourself the resources you need as opposed to paying $$ for them? Not in my book.

sharpshooter188
sharpshooter188

"It allows someone to take a game that maybe they played for 1,000 hours and play it for 2,000 hours," What? No. The only dlc I played extensively was on black ops 1 and that was for the zombie maps. Actually, Borderlands 1 dlc had me doing the same. But thats it. The majority of dlc is passable. Plus, if you ever have a save file and choose to delete the dlc to make room on your hd, it corrupts your save.  So dlc...yeah...not too interested.

theCCyberDDemon
theCCyberDDemon

Although most of us are already realizing the ulterior motives of EA, that is not stopping her from continuing with these things she does. It is proof that she does not care about losing customers, or she does not lose them at all...

ioshilee
ioshilee

Yeah, whatever. I'm not buying your cash milking-oriented "games" anymore, EA. 

michaelrjohnson
michaelrjohnson

Video games are going to die as movies and books happily regain their place atop the entertainment medium if they keep up this crap.

zenstrata
zenstrata

There is no need for clarification.  We already know why these are in games.  Their primary purpose is to nickel-&-dime the player base and enable the publishers to keep their fingers eteranally in the players wallet.  Anything else they try to say is a lie - for a company like EA it is all about the money.

Crush_Project
Crush_Project

microtransactions are the worst thing to ever happen to games besides perhaps dlc's.

DarkTempest7
DarkTempest7

So much bullshit, the meter went through the roof and broke afterwards.

JulyAeon
JulyAeon

Jorgensen. "We are very conscious that we don't want to make consumers feel like they're not getting value. We want to make sure consumers are getting value."

...hell, you worked damn sure that was what I didn't get with my last pre-order purchase and all the dlc's you tried to offer within the year of purchase of a very dysfunctional game that i buried in the garden like a rotten *%$£*!!!

tightwad34
tightwad34

In this case I will cut them a little slack because I have confidence they aren't stupid enough to piss us off to the point where hardly anyone buys their games anymore. If these microtransactions only involve very optional things that most of us don't give a shit about, the by all means go ahead.

jpeezy77
jpeezy77

If they incorporate it into their games like they did with Dead Space 3, I wont have a problem with it. My friend and I played through it the whole time and never felt the need to spend anymore cash. 

I could see if someone was lazy and didnt want to grind in a particular game, they could use it, which is fine by me.

IndiePrower
IndiePrower

"All of our mobile games will have microtransactions in them, because almost all of them are going to a world where they are play-for-free,"

Uh.. yeah, for starter, if you can stop considering your new (upcoming) Command & Conquer as a 
play-for-free pay-to-unlock mobile game, that would be a great first step in proving your bullcraps.

VarietyMage
VarietyMage

If you keep making cloud games and MMOs, you won't be giving me any games at all, much less added value.

AlexFili
AlexFili

I think DLC is the future but I also think classic 'on disc content' will remain for a long time.

Doomkilla
Doomkilla

"EA has made the announcement, in a rather roundabout way, that it will be implementing microtransactions into every single game it makes in the future."

Forget this? 

Wish01
Wish01

I love the way EA appears to be failing with every new release. Check out the Metacritic user score for Sim City currently 1.9 out of 10 with hatred in nearly all the reviews. They deserve it.

Microtransaction bullshit. I deleted Real Racing 3 within a few minutes of downloading when I came across microtransactions. Nearly $80 or more to unlock a full Iphone game when most games go for 0.99 cents! This is daylight robbery! And there will always be fools to pay for these! I pity the poor developers like Maxis and Firemint seeing their games get butchered by EA.

Crooks hardly ever get away with crime same will be the case with EA.


Aydenuille
Aydenuille

Lotta 'bussiness' at the end there.. Just goes to show, again, what their main concern is.

Apastron
Apastron

This hardly makes things any better.  It's actually the mobile side of EA's business where microtransactions are most toxic.  Real Racing 3 has a currency pack that costs £69.99 to purchase!  And that doesn't draw the line under all microtransactions because you'll eventually spend it all with enough playing.

How long before they try it on a console?

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

Great, keep that away from NFS and FIFA!

Oh, wait....

Godly_Cure
Godly_Cure

I've never bought and won't buy microtransactions.  And I think it will ultimately hurt the gaming community. 

Imperiusmax
Imperiusmax

Good forget microtransactions and maybe we will start buying your games again.

Hakkology
Hakkology

We should be thankful to EA, Ubisoft and Blizzard.

Steam almost made me forget about piracy, i really started to care about helping game makers earn some money. Kickstarter made me even softer.

Then... These three keep reminding me why we prefered piracy in the first place !

LONG LIVE PIRACY.

koraykorac
koraykorac

Long live piracy. BECAUSE OF YOU EA

TigusVidiks
TigusVidiks

the only reason EA keeps using this kind of business strategy, is because they profit from it, which means that despite all your ranting, when the time comes you will be lining to buy their game and you won't care about the microtransactions. Because they know very well what buttons to press, and how to hype you to that point. And as long as there's people willing to pay what they ask for,  the company will keep charging.

TigusVidiks
TigusVidiks

whatever.... coming from the major games destroyer in the entire world, it's not really reassuring

Assimilat0r
Assimilat0r

EA sux, only for loosers without any kind of moral and ideals.

Savoritias
Savoritias

Ok so if I understand that correct instead of making more content for the game to as long as skyrim they will sell 60$ games, DLC's another 60$, Season Passes 60$ and Micro shit 60$. WIth 240$ I can buy 24 games on ps2 with no DLC's. What should I do?

ZoTrAcK
ZoTrAcK

it's useless to argue with crazy people, let them lie

LeonRedfield334
LeonRedfield334

When they announced that Dead Space 3 had microtransactions, I suddenly though that they would implement microtransactions in every game they make. And I was right. I ain't buying games from you anymore, EA.

saltbalsak
saltbalsak

"It allows someone to take a game that maybe they played for 1,000 hours and play it for 2,000 hours.,"

Ummm, outside of Pro Gamers, COD freaks and MMORPG junkies, has anyone EVER played ANY single game for 1000 hours?

1000 hours = 2.73 hours a day, EVERY DAY for a YEAR.

He better re-evaluate his math cause if everyone did this each person could only have the time to buy and play 1 game a year (if that).

EA = Dopes on every front.

the_bi99man
the_bi99man

@Crush_Project Agreed. Although, DLC can be great, if done right. And by "done right" I mean if they just make Expansion Packs like the old days. Stupid map packs and cosmetic bullshit, or a single extra mission for an RPG for a couple bucks, available day one, is dumb as hell. But a meaningful expansion of the game, coming several months, if not more than a year later, with hours of new content, and fundamental upgrades to existing game systems, sold for roughly half the price of a new game, can be fantastic. After all, that's what the Expansion Sets of the 90s were. DLC before the DL became the preferred method of getting it.

valdarez
valdarez

@jpeezy77 Agreed.  If anything, DS3 had WAY too many resources available.  The only reason anyone would have spent $$$ is that they were too impatient to wait/earn the resources to make the guns on their own.

rey2
rey2

@berserker66666It's like EA saying, "We have your money.  You are not getting it back suckers."

Some consumer rights movement should sue their greedy asses.

kohle36
kohle36

@berserker66666 "You can, of course, request a refund"

"I want a refund"

"We won't, of course, process it"

LOL

SerOlmy
SerOlmy

@Imperiusmax yeah, now that ME is done I'm probably not going to be buying EA games any more. Damn shame since a few years ago they were actively trying to be less evil, now they are back to the old EA. don't hold out much hope for the next ME or DS at this point.

Lhomity
Lhomity

@Hakkology And you wonder why those publishers take the stances they do...

This isn't a chicken vs egg case. People like you began ripping off major publishers, so the major publishers responded and you don't like it. At the end of the day, its your fault and the fault of everyone like you. You all thought it was fun and easy to simply torrent and crack the games you wanted, denying publishers their rightful income while you enjoy their products for free. 

 You brought DRM, DLC, and season passes upon yourself and everyone else. You don't have a right to play all the games you want without paying for them. Pirates like you blame the publishers and refuse to take responsibility for your own selfish attitude.

Long live ignorance, I guess.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

@saltbalsak I think I played oblivion for 1000+ hours and am clocking close with Skyrim. Diffrent playthrough styles and diffrent races you know...

TigusVidiks
TigusVidiks

@saltbalsak yes, I have. I have played several games over 1000hours. t's not that hard. However, I doubt anyone who plays 1000hours of 1 game, will be willing to play another 1000 just for some microtransaction that will give them very little content.

moodyfoo
moodyfoo

@Lhomity @Hakkology "long live ignorance" and who do you think put those games on torrents? the game compagnie itself (actually someone who works for them) and/or from people from the press. because most of these games are availlable BEFORE their release date. now who have access to a final product that is not of shelves yet?

Crush_Project
Crush_Project

@Doomkilla @TigusVidiks been waiting on that day and night since the 90's and its only gotten worse.

Consumers today are probably the dumbest they've ever been, and i dont see that improving anytime soon.

saltbalsak
saltbalsak

@TigusVidiks I admire your dedication. The most time I have in on any game is Trials: Evolution, clocking in at around 240. I probably play about 20 games (mostly retail) a year.