Whether or not you agree with microtransactions aside let’s all just agree to disagree and say that some of us like fair microtransactions and other don’t like them at all. The main point I wanted to bring up with this thread is that everything else aside platinum is both overpriced and too complicated for what should have been a simple system (is $1 = 100 really a hard conversion rate to set up?).
I will say this again, more people will buy platinum if they get the appropriate amount of value that corresponds to the money they spend. People value items on the amount of perceived effort put into the content, how much they feel it affects their experience with the game, and how often it will be used. Most people will buy platinum with the goal of getting a cool skin, you have to spend $5 to get one, $7 to get 2, and $10 to get 3.
Let me put this into perspective: say someone spends $5 on platinum & finds out they can only get 2 taunts (minimal value) or 1 skin (less value than expected) and then realize that if they want more skins they need to buy $2-5 more worth of platinum if they wanted 2-3. To the person with little money or bigger priorities $7-10 can be spent on more useful things, or more importantly things with more value. So if they do buy platinum not only are they not getting enough value (the lowest tier currency packages should alway have enough to buy at least a couple things, whereas the most important thing that players will buy are skins $2 buys none, $5 buys only 1), but they now feel guilty for spending the money in the first place and that is not how you want your players to feel when they buy platinum Gearbox. When people spend money on online games most people will be comfortable spending $1-3 when they get good value out of it, but $5 is where things get icky especially when the value isn’t right, $10 is where people just don’t bother if they don’t see the value of you offering.
I’m really trying to help here, I’m trying to get you more money but the system you’ve put in place actively discourages your playerbase from wanting to spend money, and this thread proves that. You aren’t appealing to the impulse buyers (these are the people microtransactions exist for, this is the cash flow), you are pissing off your other customers, and worst of all your plan isn’t even working is it. I genuinely want to hear from the person who designed the market; are you even getting enough sale for this stupid platinum system to be successful or even worth it. Because I’ve barely seen anyone wearing tier 2 skins on the ps4 version.
“slightly harsh words were used, but no aggression or malice is intended on my part”