EA Exec Clarifies Statement On Microtransactions

EA Games CFO Blake Jorgensen stated last week that future EA Games titles would offer microtransactions as a core part of the experience like Dead Space 3. His comments, which were interpreted as a tacit confirmation of the publisher’s desire to implement microtransactions into each and all of its titles, invited a flurry of angry responses from the gaming community. He said:

“We are building into all of our games the ability to pay for things along the way; to get to a higher level. And consumers are enjoying and embracing that way of business.”

Today, Jorgensen added some clarification to his previous statement. He says he did not mean to imply that every game would actually offer microtransactions—only that the company would have the ability to do so.

Jorgensen says that his previous statement was in reference to the new technology that EA is developing that will allow the publisher and its developers to handle in-house credit card processing, digital downloads and properly manage microtransactions (via Polygon). He made his statements at today’s Wedbush Technology Conference in New York.

“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, 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.”

While there’s nothing wrong with microtransactions in principle, it remains to be seen how EA plans to implement them in its future pay-to-play PC and console titles.

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4 Comments on EA Exec Clarifies Statement On Microtransactions

Michael

On March 6, 2013 at 5:30 pm

They wonder why people are pissed at them starting from the Mass Effect 3 bad sales because of the ending and alot of gamers( like myself) has not cared for any of there DLC since. Then afterwards biowares head guys left mainly because both Mass Effect 3 and Star Wars failed. Then there was the resell of the same FIFA game. Finally Dead Space 3 didn’t sell as they hoped and why they canceled Dead Space 4.
They are trying so hard to be like Activision/blizzard.

What you think is going to happen when the new Dragonage and Battlefield are released?
Whats going to happen is that because of all this greed they have ruined half of there franchises and if Developers are reading this I think they should start looking for new jobs because there are going to be alot of workers without jobs soon.

Evernessince

On March 6, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Wow just wow.

original statement:

“We are building into all of our games the ability to pay for things along the way”

new statement:

“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, and that’s really not true”

He literally just lied to everyone about his mistake. Not only that but he places the blame on the community. What a . I will continue to tell everyone I know not to buy EA games but now with more fervor. They really have no idea how to conduct business in the gaming industry and they have shown that they are only using sequels as bait to get people to buy their crap. No one should pre-order a game from EA until reviews are out, they can’t be trusted to produce anything of quality.

Tommy B Rude

On March 6, 2013 at 9:06 pm

I know hating on EA has been done to death, but seriously how can you not hate on these guys. At least companies like Valve and Activision pretend to downplay their douchier aspects. EA’s just so damn blatant about its desire to bilk every possible dime out of it customers that it seems more like a parody of stereotypical evil faceless corporate entity than an actual company.

R.J.

On March 6, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Looking at the original statement, I don’t see how anyone could read it and not think MTX was going to be in everything. When you say that you are building it into every game and that supposedly people like it, what are we supposed to think. In fact, it seems like a waste of time to try to integrate the system into everything, and then not do that to some extent.

By the way, if people supposedly are embracing the system, then why backpedal from it? After all, if it is so great, they shouldn’t have anything to fear. Otherwise, such clarifications indicate that they know people don’t like the system and just want to downplay it so they won’t have another reason to buy whatever sequel in a series EA decides to drive into the ground.