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Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery slashes microtransaction prices in response to outrage

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Gadgets article technology news entertaint © Jam City
Gadgets article technology news entertaint © Jam City

The Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery mobile game has come under fire recently for offering a slightly less-than-magical experience, as it’s been asking players to spend real money.

In the game, your character runs out of ‘energy’ when they’ve been active – whether that’s running across the castle or just reading a book.

And the only ways to top up your energy are by waiting (four minutes per energy point, with most actions requiring multiple points) or by dipping into your pocket to spend real cash on getting more.

 Gadgets article technology news entertaint ©  Jam City
Gadgets article technology news entertaint © Jam City

Some gamers have been pretty annoyed about the fact that the free-to-play app features these microtransactions, particularly as a lot of players are children.

Now, Eurogamer has reported that the game is offering players discounts on the price of in-game energy – but not everyone is getting the same deal.

Some players are getting 130 gems for just 79p, while others are being offered 99p or £2.99 for the same amount.

And it seems some others are not having a deal offered to them at all.

 Gadgets article technology news entertaint ©  Jam City
Gadgets article technology news entertaint © Jam City

Eurogamer suggests that the game’s publishers, Jam City, are using A/B testing to determine which price point proves the most popular with players.

So it’s certainly possible that the regular prices will be slashed more, and that they’ll be standardised across all players.

 Gadgets article technology news entertaint ©  Jam City
Gadgets article technology news entertaint © Jam City

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, which is available on iOS and Android, features the likes of actors Michael Gambon and Dame Maggie Smith on voiceover duty.
source : http://www.digitalspy.com/tech/harry-potter/news/a856282/harry-potter-hogwarts-mystery-slashes-microtransaction-prices-outrage/

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