Up For Debate - Have you Ever Paid for a Loot Crate?

Written by Neil Soutter on Sat, Jan 5, 2019 4:34 PM

Look through any gaming forum and loot crates appear to be the bane of everyone’s life. Only, these things are generating record income year after year so there’s clearly a humongous market for this business practice. There are now AAA games that earn more from loot crates than they do from the sale of the game itself.

However much the money talks though, publishers are always treading a treacherously thin tightrope. Any time loot crates are added to a game it is as a compromise to the developer’s vision. The only conceivable reason to put paid loot boxes into games to make extra money. From a gameplay perspective, they literally cannot improve a game above and beyond a good tailored unlock system. Even Activision’s greediest suit would struggle to argue a game is genuinely a better experience because users can pay for a randomised box of digital skins.

Once the decision has been made to incorporate loot crates though, it’s then a balancing act of making the customer want to buy them whilst simultaneously reassuring them they don’t need to buy them. Which is, well, a bizarre thing to have to do for any business. Stray too far into needing to buy loot crates and you end up with a Star Wars Battlefront 2 disaster. Make the loot crates worthless and then why bother putting them in, in the first place? Battlefield 1 immediately springs to mind.

Instead, developers will want to exist in a hazy middle ground of inoffensive implementation and good but not unmissable contents. As far as anything affecting gameplay goes, publishers appear to be learning that’s a big no-no.

However loot crates are put into a game though, the fact of the matter is that millions are buying them. Love them or loathe them, they’re a big part of what gaming has become in 2018.

So to get a little feel for just how popular they are, here’s a couple of quick polls. Don’t worry, there are no names attached, no one will find out your dirty little loot box secret! Get voting and let us know why you do or don’t buy loot crates below!

Have you ever paid for a loot crate?

Do you feel loot crates add something positive to the game experience?

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00:49 Jan-08-2019

HELL NO

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20:01 Jan-07-2019

I bought some cartel points in SWTOR in addition to the cartel coins I got monthly (For sub), a few years back that I spent on some loot boxes.


I'm not proud of it. It was a dark time in my life, and I was easily tricked.

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12:43 Jan-06-2019

I bought CSGO keys from money i earned playing CSGO , does that count since i have never gave my personal cash for it ?

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13:21 Jan-06-2019

Nope. Only personal money counts.

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13:45 Jan-06-2019

Does it? Question is whether you bought lootboxes, not whos money you used. I opened only 2 lootboxes ever, and I spent money I got from playing CSGO to buy keys for those 2 boxes, but I still bought them.

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11:01 Jan-06-2019

The free to play model in my 60€ games for features/cosmetics that could be done with in-game currency no thank you

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08:29 Jan-06-2019

Nope never bought a loot crate or any kind of microtransaction. If I buy a game and it needs microtransaction to be enjoyable then its time to refund it.

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07:46 Jan-06-2019

Seriously??

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00:22 Jan-06-2019

No... I have never bought a loot box, but I have been a DLC whore for years now. Although most of the time I simply wait for a gold/ultimate edition of a game to go on sale and get all of the DLC that way. I try to wait until a "complete" game version is available for less than $30. This old man is cheap when it comes to software.

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09:55 Jan-06-2019

I'm pretty much the same.


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23:36 Jan-07-2019

same here

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00:07 Jan-06-2019

bought 2 keys for 2 boxes in CSGO
yeah i made a mistake, but learned my lesson

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22:58 Jan-05-2019

Only loot crate I'd say actually makes sense are card packs in card games, but I prefer them in physical format, that's why I never got into Hearthstone, even though I find an amazing game.

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22:50 Jan-05-2019

well if cosmetics stuff or treasures counts as loot crates in dota 2 then I definitely have bought it.

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22:17 Jan-05-2019

I bought one LoL ''event capsule'' few years ago because it was cheap and that's it, though I know too many people that spent hundreds on micro-transactions and loot boxes over the years.

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22:01 Jan-05-2019

No and never will.

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09:58 Jan-06-2019

Ditto

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22:01 Jan-05-2019

Rather than buying mostly "cosmetic" bull$hit ('cause if it's actually affects the balance I will never play the game), I'd rather go to my local shop and buy smth to eat.

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21:12 Jan-05-2019

Actually no, the only time I've EVER bought anything from a game's internal market is a couple of items in TF2, and needless to say I bought the items directly cause I have no interest in wasting money on a flimsy chance to get something.

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21:07 Jan-05-2019

I dont think the problem is with how many people would buy it, but how few people would buy a lot of them!

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20:57 Jan-05-2019

Hey all, sorry about the missing polls. I have added them in now. F

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23:00 Jan-05-2019

cool :D

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20:49 Jan-05-2019

no

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20:44 Jan-05-2019

The only game Ive played so far that even has loot boxes was Battlefield 4 and I never spent real money on them. People hate loot boxes because when you buy one, you are paying for things that you dont want, and gambling, at the same time. Thats why I never understood how they lasted more than one game. Stop being dumb and let people buy the exact items they want. And Its not even greed that they do it for because people will pay more to buy exactly what they want than a box full of crap that they dont.

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20:16 Jan-05-2019

I am genuinely disappointed not to see Yes/No poll xD
oh wait it could be just a No poll

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20:06 Jan-05-2019

Nope...... There was that time back in 2004 where I bought cash shop currency for a game..... but it never happened again.

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