geoff78 Posts: 212 ★★
I know it's being discussed everywhere, that it's kinda a joke to double the price for an offer made six months ago. My question is, was it meant to be a 5* package? I could see that being worth the $100. Probably not, but worth pointing out.
I wonder if this deal means the next Nerf Hammer is coming ^^
So, I'd just not try to look too much into their valuation of various game items. If you've been around to remember the last deal like this one, you're probably not the target demo for the deal.
And, I'd *never* expect a truly high level version of these items to appear. Like a 5* awakening gem deal? Really, really unlikely to happen.
I find it interesting, because it feels like an incredibly short-term way of looking at monetizing the game. But then again, "pay to play" is still a pretty new thing in the grand scheme of things.
I think people tend to overthink these deals, trying to figure out a way to rationalize under what set of circumstances they would find the deal to be reasonable, like assuming the deal has to be targeted at players who just don't know any better. It is more likely that the deal is targeted explicitly at the demographic it makes sense for on its face: people willing to spend that much money to get that much stuff. It is as simple as that.
I don't think it is a short term way of monetizing the game. There are people buying that deal right now: count on it. Every month that goes by that this kind of deal doesn't happen is money left on the table. People willing to spend $100 on an awakening stone and a bunch of sig stones are untapped revenue if they don't have this deal to buy.
Those players won't all be around forever: every game has churn. And every dollar you get from them while they are here is one dollar less you have to get from the players with less money to spend. If you are only thinking about the short term, it doesn't matter who you squeeze for money, because you don't care if any of those players are around tomorrow. But if you do care about the long term, you will try to spread your revenue collection around your playerbase in a way that generates the most money from the people willing to spend the most, and generates less money from the players willing to spend less. That balance has the best chance of maximizing player retention.
It isn't perfect, there will be people who get upset about the nature of the deals and some of them could quit because of it, or swear off purchasing things in the game. But it probably isn't a bad strategy on its face. That doesn't mean I think every deal is a good idea or makes sense even in this context. Only that in the general case, these *kinds* of offers are not evidence of short term thinking or a lack of understanding of the playerbase. I believe the players who don't like them are explicitly supposed to not like them: they are even *designed* for you to not like them.
It is something to consider. If you don't have this kind of money to burn, it is possible they don't want to even tempt you with them. They don't want people stretching to buy something they shouldn't be buying. Some people will do so no matter what, but by making the value not enticing, they reduce that chance as much as possible. And I'm not ascribing any great moral compass to Kabam either: they want your money, but it is not in their best interests if they bankrupt you. They want you around for a long time spending as much as you can, not spending more than you should until you flame out.
Haha y'all must be smoking some good ****!
Yep, in no universe is this value for money...
Having said that, I never understood why people come to the Forum in drones when there is a deal they don't like. Lol. If I'm walking through Walmart and I see a pack of gum for $20, I don't grab a sign and picket. I laugh and walk away. If we don't like the deal, we don't have to buy it. Lol.
Whatever floats your boat. Alot of wasted negative energy, if you ask me.
It's not our responsibility to tell others how to spend their money. For that matter, if it was on sale 6 months ago, that doesn't change anything right now. You can tell people it was half price at Christmas, but if someone has the money to spare and they really want to Awaken a Champ, they're going to buy it regardless. Choosing not to buy it is up to us. It's not our place to tell other people not to spend. It's their money. I'm not debating that it's expensive for a Gem and some Stones. I'm just saying it's up to other people to judge whether it's worth it for them or not. It all depends on how much they have to spend, and how bad they want the Champ Awakened.
No judgment. Are you happy with it?
At first, no. It's $140 here in liberal-infested canuckistan. So that's quite a bit of coin. But after seeing my starlord to max sig ability, let's just say I'm satisfied. Not over the moon. Just satisfied. I missed out on the previous 4* gem offers. Not going to sit here and mope about the previous offers. It's either i pay up or shut up.
Many of us are outraged by what we consider to be extremely overpriced deals. It speaks to their integrity and regard for us as players. It creates a negative and toxic relationship between the company and its customers.
Someone in the forum compared the $99 deal to seeing $20 gum in the store and making a decision not to buy it because it was overpriced. No big deal - he would just move on with his life. That is a terrible comparison for many reasons but using that example - not only would I not buy that gum but I would think that the company offering me a low cost product for such a high price was corrupt and stupid and I would never buy another product from them and tell my friends and family never to buy from them again.
We are saying to Kabam - offer us good deals and you will make even more money because many, many more of us will spend money on the game.
For example, many of us probably would have bought the $99 deal if it were a 5 star awakening gem and let's say 20 sig stones. And that is still a lot of money for digital assets in a mobile game.
I know what those people that disagree with me will say - "whales, blah, blah blah..." But that logic doesn't make sense because the big spenders have plenty of ways to spend their money in the game.