When will players get what they pay for?

You do not own what’s inside that loot box — you are paying to open it.

Bryce Bladon
Nov 5, 2018 · 9 min read
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Photo by Mike Meyers

Have you heard of a little game called Fortnite?

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Fortnite makes most of its revenue from the sale of skins and emotes

Players do not own the virtual items they are buying

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Niantec’s terms and conditions for Pokemon GO
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Halfbrick’s terms and conditions for in-app purchases

Why do players accept this centralized model?

But let’s be clear: Fortnite is the best case in more ways than one

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via Epic Games

The cross-platform play was good for players, but it wasn’t altruism that motivated it

“Epic Games wants to have a direct relationship with our customers on all platforms where that’s possible.”

Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney on why they avoided the Google Play Store.

The virtual item model is evolving in some interesting ways

The issue is player choice — or lack thereof.

The problem is that centralized control rarely has the customer’s best interests in mind.

When will players get what they pay for?

“The great thing about the Internet and the digital revolution is… that physical storefronts and middlemen distributors are no longer required.”

— Sweeney, in his email to The Verge

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The serious business of fun and games on the blockchain

Bryce Bladon

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Making digital things matter. Helped create @CryptoKitties @Dapper_Labs @ClientsFH and a bunch of other fun stuff.

Dapper Labs

The serious business of fun and games on the blockchain

Bryce Bladon

Written by

Making digital things matter. Helped create @CryptoKitties @Dapper_Labs @ClientsFH and a bunch of other fun stuff.

Dapper Labs

The serious business of fun and games on the blockchain

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