League of Legends streamer Albert “BoxBox” expressed his dissatisfaction with the game’s virtual currency RP and explained why
BoxBox expressed a desire to purchase a new tactician for Teamfight Tactics during a recent livestream. He was surprised to see that an in-game bundle called the Splash Resort Chest Bundle with the price of $100.
“I have to buy $100 of RP. This is really evil thing that Riot does. I’m going to tell you now, it’s really evil.”
The streamer noticed that Riot Games tempts players to spend more money by delivering a bonus proportion of the premium in-game currency while purchasing Riot Points (RP), this is also known as microtransactions.
Since several major titles have included in-game currency, microtransactions have become one of the most widespread and hotly debated developments in the current gaming industry. League of Legends appears to have achieved the economy, charging players real money to acquire in-game currency that can only be used on in-game items.
On his stream, BoxBox wanted to get the Chibi Dragonmancer Lee Sin tactician and an unique in-game emoticon while playing Teamfight Tactics.
Albert “BoxBox” picked the 10+1 Uncharted Realms Egg bundle for 4,900 RP after examining two other lootbox bundles.
Before making the deal, the 26-year-old player took the time to discuss the RP system:
“You see this (pointing at 11,525 RP, costing $99,99)? You get so much bonus RP. You get $20 bonus RP, if you just spend $100 at once.”
Now I have to, and then, I’m going to have extra RP. And then, with that extra RP, I’m going to be like, ‘Oh, I may as well, get a little bit more RP!’, Oh god, it’s the infinite cycle.”
BoxBox is a well-known streamer who is noted for his extensive gaming expertise of League of Legends and Teamfight Tactics. While microtransactions are unlikely to disappear anytime soon, the streamer did caution his audience about the marketing strategy underlying many in-game money practices.