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EA CFO Backtracks On Controversial Microtransactions Comment

Jonathan Lester
EA, Microtransactions

EA CFO Backtracks On Controversial Microtransactions Comment

EA's Chief Financial Officer has spoken out to amend a comment he made last week, wherein he suggested that "all" EA games will feature microtransactions from now on.

Apparently that should read, "all mobile games."

Blake Jorgensen clarified his controversial statement during a presentation at the Wedbush Techology Conference. "I made a statement in the conference along the lines of ‘We’ll have micro-transactions in our games’ and the community read that to mean all our games," he said, "and that’s really not true."

“All of our mobile games will have micro-transactions in them, because almost all of them are going to a world where they are play for free.”

This makes sense, though the original comment riled up countless gamers across the internet (especially following Dead Space 3's in-game purchases). Cliff Bleszinski was fine with it, though.

"The next and much bigger piece [of the business] is microtransactions within games," outlined Jorgensen last week. "We're building into all of our games the ability to pay for things along the way, either to get to a higher level to buy a new character, to buy a truck, a gun, whatever it might be, and consumers are enjoying and embracing that way of the business."

It's worth noting that EA's voluminous DLC offerings have been doing this for months if not years - but then again, they're neither the first or only publisher to push this business model.

Are you satisfied, dear reader? Or are you grimly expecting a future of payments atop payments, forever?

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Breadster  Mar. 6, 2013 at 17:14

Well as I said in the other article, they already have them in fifa, battlefield, mass effect and dead space so I'm sure they'll still have them in full priced games anyway.

It's pretty funny that they're trying to clear that up though after Cliffy B was defending that idea.

Tsung  Mar. 7, 2013 at 12:18

This must be after the "success" of Theme Park on Android.

I say "Success" in quotes as it was pretty much slated from the off when it first appeared in the google play store. Then suddenly thousands of 5* reviews came tumbling in. It was almost like someone was being paid to create these reviews :/

Sure it's free to play but micro transactions made sure you were paying thro' the nose to build any sort of theme park.

Late  Mar. 7, 2013 at 12:36

Enjoyed Theme Park for a while, until it became apparent a large number of the rides, and fifty percent of the playing area, were completely inaccessible unless you got your credit card out. :(

Have never paid a penny for any android app - whether up front or in-game. I'm open to the possibility of paying for a game up front - just haven't done so yet - but I can't see a scenario where I'd ever pay real money for in-game items on an android game.

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