Apex Legends launches the Iron Crown event and provokes riot over monetization

    
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So there’s a limited-time event going on in Apex Legends right now, which normally would be a cause of generally happy reactions. However, the good time this event might otherwise provide is being sullied by some pretty pricey item boxes that house exclusive cosmetics.

The page for this Iron Crown event talks up these Iron Crown Collection Packs, which include a set of 24 themed items that can be opened up. Here’s the rub: Buying these packs costs 700 Apex Coins — equivalent to around $7 by one player’s estimation — and the event is rewarding players with only two of these packs for free. This means if you want to get all 22 items and unlock the Boodhound’s Heirloom set (which will also cost Apex Coins), you’ll have to cough up $154.

As you can probably imagine, the Apex Legends subreddit is on fire with a number of threads and posts decrying the monetization scheme. Respawn has yet to comment on the uproar at the time of this writing.

In other Apex Legends news, apparently a number of players of the battle royale shooter and of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive have been downloading what they thought was cheat software since February, but instead turned out to be information-stealing malware. The malware known as Baldr lifted a variety of sensitive details from these players including credit card information, login credentials for websites like Amazon and PayPal, and even personal identity data. While we certainly hope those distributing the software are brought to justice, we also have to smirk at the irony of the matter.

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Grave Knight

Uhg. EA couldn’t help put throw in some shitty scam box thing.

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McGuffn

As far as I can tell this is in addition to the season/battle pass baloney and whatever else they might be charging for.

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Bruno Brito

What a twist.

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Eliandal

Downloading “cheat” software, and getting “cheated”. Who says there’s no such thing as Karma!

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laelgon

If I could pay $7 for a specific skin I want, and there’s really only two or three I want from the event, I think I would’ve bought them. I’ve bought a number of outfits in GW2 that were in that price range. $7 for a 1/24 chance at the item I want is a no go for me.

Obviously they wouldn’t do it if they didn’t have data that showed targeting whales and people with with gambling/addiction problems at a high price generates more money than a low price that more people would be open to.

And yes, obviously they’re just cosmetics, but those things matter to some people.

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Nathan Aldana

this is why I patronize ther ff14 cash shop. I can know what im getting and when and thats real attractive to me.

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Arktouros

Company owned by EA has an aggressive monetization scheme.

This and other shit anyone could have predicted at 11pm.

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Bullet Teeth

Boy, I should tune in for that. I definitely didn’t see that coming!

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Ernost

IMO people who use cheat software and buy gold from black market sites deserve to have their identity stolen and their money robbed.

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IronSalamander8 .

I also have to chuckle at the people DLing the cheats and getting malware instead.

I’m not a fan of all these MTXs as I hate them in the first place and while I don’t play Apex anymore (and only played about 5 or 6 rounds at all), this bodes poorly for the industry in general and since this is EA, for the upcoming Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville which is garden warfare 3 in all but name. I’m rarely excited over games these days but this one I am unless if they ruin it with garbage MTXs, in which case I’m going to have to give it a pass which I really don’t want to do.

The 2 GW games have been quite good with them to be honest. You can buy coins in both games but don’t have to as just playing gives coins pretty easily so never bugged me. In GW2 they did add these packs to buy rare characters later on but by then I already had them all unlocked via game play so again, I wasn’t overly concerned with them, even if I don’t like them. My friend that is only slightly behind me has never spent a dime barring buying the game itself and has everything that isn’t exclusive to being high rank in the first game so I felt this was pretty fair even if I disapprove of the concept.

The costs for these packs in Apex sounds way too high. When we did play I didn’t see anything in the store I wanted to spend any real money on, mostly boring skins, but this sounds excessive even if there are better things to buy here.