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Genshin Impact has made a billion dollars in its first six months of operation

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For a while there it seemed like no one would stop with the Genshin Impact memes, huh? But six months out from launch, it seems...

Explaining Genshin Impact’s impact: Is it actually worth your time?

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In Explaining Genshin Impact’s impact: The reinvention of gachapon, I went into the nitty-gritty of the gacha system and how it's actually pretty easy...

Explaining Genshin Impact’s impact: The reinvention of gachapon

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Yes, I know Genshin Impact isn't an MMORPG. It's not even an MMO; it's just regular old multiplayer. But when its first four days...
It sells the landing.

First Impressions: Genshin Impact is half decent ARPG and half gacha

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I forget when I first heard about Genshin Impact, but it was a while back, and it was something that I earmarked for the future...
It sells the landing.

The Daily Grind: Does gacha have a place in MMO business models?

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Just so, so many of my friends are playing Genshin Impact these days -- and not just playing, but gushing over the fun, the...

GDC Summer 2020: Gachapon reward models in (mostly) free-to-play games

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Let's be real: Some of the panel titles at GDC Summer 2020 are unintentionally misleading. For example, the "Evolution of Gacha Systems in Mobile...

Player who claims a mobile RPG’s gacha mechanics were falsely advertised loses court case

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Fair game monetization and gamer spending are topics that are on the minds of many right now, and one of the more slippery monetization...

MMO Business Roundup: Japanese lockboxes, POGO and Square Enix financials, and Prima’s end

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"The Good Times Are Over for Japan’s Loot-Box-Style Gaming Bonanza" - that's the brutal headline plonked onto this week's Bloomberg report on Japanese lockboxes....
Fair's fair.

Nexon is fined for using shady lootbox ‘gachapon’ techniques in South Korea

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If you've ever been frustrated over online games refusing to disclose the odds of winning anything in lockboxes, then get ready to do a...

No, exploitative gacha mechanics are not a good idea for western devs

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We've been talking about exploitative gacha games and related business models on Massively OP for a long time, most recently and notably in depth earlier...

Why gacha is the ‘gotcha’ tactic of MMO sales

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Making money in free-to-play games isn't as simple as pursuing a single revenue stream. Often studios are looking at multiple approaches to coax players...

China is cracking down on MMORPG lockbox vendors

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Violently authoritarian government regulates nasty video gaming monetization exploit, and gamers are cheering? Yep, China is cracking down on lockboxes. A notice from the creepy Ministry of...

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