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This is How Overwatch Microtransactions Work
Even though Blizzard’s new team-based shooter Overwatch has already shown itself to be a highly popular and much-beloved game already, that doesn’t mean that it’s immune to the sorts of things that are already in other team-based shooters like Team Fortress 2. In short, though at first Blizzard wasn’t sure, Overwatch microtransactions are indeed a thing, and this is how they work.
Overwatch microtransactions will provide small boxes of various things that are all purely cosmetic. Whether it’s victory poses, sprays, or alternate skins, Overwatch is definitely not a pay-to-win game like a large number of other online shooters that require you to spend money to buy better weapons. An alternative in those kinds of games is to grind for hours and hours, instead of being able to do it immediately.
All of the Overwatch microtransactions are also relatively small and affordable, so you don’t have to buy them if you don’t want to and if you do buy them it’s not a major expense unless you buy a whole bunch of them one after the other.
Not to mention that every time you level up in the game, you get a free loot box so you can earn them regularly while you’re playing the game.
The various microtransactions are organized into brackets: You can get two loot boxes for $2, five loot boxes for $5, 11 loot boxes for $10, 24 boxes for 20 dollars, or 50 loot boxes for 40 dollars.
The boxes that you can get from the microtransactions are divided into four different categories, much like Blizzard’s free-to-play card game Hearthstone: common, rare, epic, and legendary.
Blizzard has already said that when more characters and maps are added to the game that they’ll be coming in for free, so you don’t have to worry about buying a new character like in League of Legends or other games like that.