BBC: Sid Meier warns the games industry about monetisation

By | March 1, 2022

The BBC has an article with Sid Meier, where he talks about the current development in the games industry. The views in the article probably come due to the recent increase in the monetisation in this industry, not only with in-app purchases and micro-transactions, but also with the recent NFT hype. He also talks about the rise of online casinos and how many people in Italy are now turning to casinos that are built into games in the form of micro-transactions. According to, Italy’s leading gambling informational resource, more than 40% of new games launched in Italy have some kind of gambling component to them, whether it be slots or games of chance.
Firaxis has gladly never said anything about the latter, and we are very happy about it.

An excerpt from the article:
“Sid Meier says that if major companies continue to focus on ways like this to monetise gaming, they risk losing the audience: “People can assume that a game is going to be fun and what it needs for success are more cinematics or monetisation or whatever – but if the core just is not there with good gameplay, then it won’t work.

“In a sense gameplay is cheap… The game design part is critical and crucial but doesn’t require a cast of thousands in the way some of the other aspects do. So it’s perhaps easy to overlook how important the investment in game design and gameplay is.””

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