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Monetisation in games can be unethical, predatory, and exploitative. This website highlights monetisation practices in popular games.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood
Bethesda Softworks
2019
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The game is singleplayer yet features microtransactions (not referring to DLC or extra content).
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Frequently rewards in-game items for external purchases (e.g. Twitch Prime subscriptions).
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Premium currencies come in quantities that do not match the price of regular shop items, forcing you to spend more for less.
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Contains premium currencies that can only, or almost exclusively, be purchased with real money.
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Features unique cosmetic rewards for pre-ordering the game.
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Has a "deluxe" edition of the game which features (almost) nothing but in-game cosmetic items.
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Most items that can be bought for real money can also be bought with in-game currencies.
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You can invite friends to play with you even if they do not own the game.
Gears 5
Xbox Game Studios
2019
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This is a full priced game yet features microtransactions like you'd expect from a free-to-play game.
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Includes mechanics that are intentionally slow or inconvenient, but can be bypassed with real money purchases.
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Often features items that can only be purchased during a limited time.
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Includes a limited-time always rotating store with exclusive discounts and/or cosmetics.
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Premium currencies come in quantities that do not match the price of regular shop items, forcing you to spend more for less.
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Contains premium currencies that can only, or almost exclusively, be purchased with real money.
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The Battle Pass is completely free but otherwise functions the same as regular battle passes, expiring when you do not complete them in time.
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Contains one or multiple Battle Passes.
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Features unique cosmetic rewards for pre-ordering the game.
Rage 2
Bethesda Softworks
2019
C
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The game is singleplayer yet features microtransactions (not referring to DLC or extra content).
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This is a full priced game yet features microtransactions like you'd expect from a free-to-play game.
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Premium currencies come in quantities that do not match the price of regular shop items, forcing you to spend more for less.
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Contains premium currencies that can only, or almost exclusively, be purchased with real money.
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Features unique cosmetic rewards for pre-ordering the game.
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Has a "deluxe" edition of the game which features (almost) nothing but in-game cosmetic items.
Dead or Alive 6
Koei Tecmo
2019
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Contains items that only come in bundles and can not be acquired on their own.
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Microtransactions in this game used to be worse, the developers only cut back because there was a lot of backlash.
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Contains one or multiple Season Passes, encouraging the purchase of unknown DLC you might never have purchased otherwise.
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Some DLC cost as much, or almost as much, as the full game, yet feature no where near the same amount of content.
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This is a full priced game yet features microtransactions like you'd expect from a free-to-play game.
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Contains premium currencies that can only, or almost exclusively, be purchased with real money.
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Features unique cosmetic rewards for pre-ordering the game.
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Has a "deluxe" edition of the game which features (almost) nothing but in-game cosmetic items.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Square Enix
2018
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You can (or could) gain early-access to the game by spending more money.
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Contains one or multiple Season Passes, encouraging the purchase of unknown DLC you might never have purchased otherwise.
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Has a "deluxe" edition of the game which features (almost) nothing but in-game cosmetic items.
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Contains no direct in-game microtransactions, but does contain a large amount of optional paid DLC, some of which might be of questionable value.
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Contains no microtransactions, but does contain some smaller scale DLC that provide extra content.
World of Warships
Wargaming
2015
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Some in-game services can only be purchased with real money (e.g. server transfers, character appearance changes, name changes, etc.).
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Frequently rewards in-game items for external purchases (e.g. Twitch Prime subscriptions).
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Includes mechanics that are intentionally slow or inconvenient, but can be bypassed with real money purchases.
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Often features items that can only be purchased during a limited time.
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In-game currencies can be purchased with real life money.
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Battle Pass levels can be purchased with real life money.
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Battle Passes are timed exclusives. If you don't finish it in a given time you do not get what you paid for.
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Dark patterns. This game includes design choices that are intentionally deceptive to try and get you to spend money.
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Premium currencies come in quantities that do not match the price of regular shop items, forcing you to spend more for less.
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Contains cosmetics for extraordinarily high prices, sometimes costing more than full priced games.
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The Crew 2
Ubisoft
2018
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You can (or could) gain early-access to the game by spending more money.
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Premium currencies come in quantities that do not match the price of regular shop items, forcing you to spend more for less.
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Contains one or multiple Season Passes, encouraging the purchase of unknown DLC you might never have purchased otherwise.
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Includes mechanics that are intentionally slow or inconvenient, but can be bypassed with real money purchases.
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Contains premium currencies that can only, or almost exclusively, be purchased with real money.
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Features unique cosmetic rewards for pre-ordering the game.
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Has a "deluxe" edition of the game which features (almost) nothing but in-game cosmetic items.
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Most items that can be bought for real money can also be bought with in-game currencies.
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Includes a limited-time always rotating store with exclusive discounts and/or cosmetics.
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This is a full priced game yet features microtransactions like you'd expect from a free-to-play game.
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Often features "discounts" that still force you to purchase premium currencies for the same amount you would without the discount.
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Often features items that can only be purchased during a limited time.
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Includes mechanics that are intentionally slow or inconvenient, but can be bypassed with real money purchases.
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Premium currencies come in quantities that do not match the price of regular shop items, forcing you to spend more for less.
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The developers promised the game would be free of microtransactions, only for them to add microtransactions at a later point.
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Features unique cosmetic rewards for pre-ordering the game.
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All in-game items can be purchased with in-game currencies and do not require real life money.
Rust
Facepunch Studios
2013
B
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Includes a limited-time always rotating store with exclusive discounts and/or cosmetics.
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Contains user generated content or servers that may contains additional microtransactions.
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Features a marketplace with community set pricing. You can buy/sell in-game items from other players using real life money.
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All future updates are included, but there are some optional cosmetics and/or services you can purchase.
Albion Online
Sandbox Interactive
2017
C
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Includes mechanics that are intentionally slow or inconvenient, but can be bypassed with real money purchases.
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Contains cosmetics for extraordinarily high prices, sometimes costing more than full priced games.
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Contains items that only come in bundles and can not be acquired on their own.
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Premium currencies come in quantities that do not match the price of regular shop items, forcing you to spend more for less.
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Features an optional subscription fee.
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Free to play. Requires no up front payment.
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Most items that can be bought for real money can also be bought with in-game currencies.
Psychonauts 2
Xbox Game Studios
2021
A
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You buy it and that's it. No paid DLC. No microtransactions.
Far Cry 5
Ubisoft
2018
C
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The game is singleplayer yet features microtransactions (not referring to DLC or extra content).
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Premium currencies come in quantities that do not match the price of regular shop items, forcing you to spend more for less.
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Contains premium currencies that can only, or almost exclusively, be purchased with real money.
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Contains one or multiple Season Passes, encouraging the purchase of unknown DLC you might never have purchased otherwise.
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Features unique cosmetic rewards for pre-ordering the game.
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Has a "deluxe" edition of the game which features (almost) nothing but in-game cosmetic items.
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Extensive official mod support.
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Most items that can be bought for real money can also be bought with in-game currencies.
Half-Life: Alyx
Valve
2020
A
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Extensive official mod support.
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You buy it and that's it. No paid DLC. No microtransactions.
Project Zomboid
The Indie Stone
2013
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You buy it and that's it. No paid DLC. No microtransactions.
Destiny 2
Bungie
2017
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Premium currencies come in quantities that do not match the price of regular shop items, forcing you to spend more for less.
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Requires additional purchases to play relevant content (such as expansions).
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Contains one or multiple Season Passes, encouraging the purchase of unknown DLC you might never have purchased otherwise.
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Often features items that can only be purchased during a limited time.
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Includes a limited-time always rotating store with exclusive discounts and/or cosmetics.
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In-game currencies can be purchased with real life money.
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Frequently rewards in-game items for external purchases (e.g. Twitch Prime subscriptions).
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Contains premium currencies that can only, or almost exclusively, be purchased with real money.
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Free to play. Requires no up front payment.
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Contains one or multiple Battle Passes.
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Escape from Tarkov
Battlestate Games
2017
C
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Pay to win elements. This games contains purchasable items that make your character stronger.
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You can (or could) gain early-access to the game by spending more money.
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Contains one or multiple Season Passes, encouraging the purchase of unknown DLC you might never have purchased otherwise.
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Includes mechanics that are intentionally slow or inconvenient, but can be bypassed with real money purchases.
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Has a "deluxe" edition of the game which features (almost) nothing but in-game cosmetic items.
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Includes all future updates, but there are optional DLC you can purchase.
Final Fantasy XIV Online
Square Enix
2013
C
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Contains cosmetics for extraordinarily high prices, sometimes costing more than full priced games.
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Some in-game services can only be purchased with real money (e.g. server transfers, character appearance changes, name changes, etc.).
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Requires additional purchases to play relevant content (such as expansions).
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This is a full priced game yet features microtransactions like you'd expect from a free-to-play game.
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You can (or could) gain early-access to the game by pre-ordering.
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Features unique cosmetic rewards for pre-ordering the game.
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Requires a subscription fee to play.
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This is a full priced game yet features microtransactions like you'd expect from a free-to-play game.
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Includes mechanics that are intentionally slow or inconvenient, but can be bypassed with real money purchases.
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Premium currencies come in quantities that do not match the price of regular shop items, forcing you to spend more for less.
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Contains premium currencies that can only, or almost exclusively, be purchased with real money.
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Contains a large amount of optional paid DLC.
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Features unique cosmetic rewards for pre-ordering the game.