Former Epic designer Cliff Bleszinski has hit out at the negative reaction gamershave to microtransactions, and in particular, EA-driven microtransactions.
Speaking on his blog, Bleszinski openly spoke about the double-standards gamers hold for such publishers like EA and Valve:
“I’m going to come right out and say it. I’m tired of EA being seen as “the bad guy.” I think it’s bullshit that EA has the “scumbag EA” memes on Reddit and that Good Guy Valve can Do No Wrong.”
Bleszinski then added his thoughts on the difference between the publishers in question is in fact a finer line when inspected, stating both firms aim to “make as much money as possible”:
Don’t get me wrong – I’m a huge fan of Gabe and co most everything they do. (Remember, I bought that custom portal turret that took over the internet a while back and I have friends over there.) However, it blows my mind that somehow gamers don’t seem to get that Valve is a business, just like any other, and when Valve charges 100$ for an engagement ring in Team Fortress 2 it’s somehow “cool” yet when EA wants to sell something similar it’s seen as “evil.” Yes, guys, I hate to break it to you, as awesome as Valve is they’re also a company that seeks to make as much money as possible.
What are you thoughts on microtransactions? Do you welcome them? Oppose them?