EA CFO Blake Jorgensen has clarified remarks he made last month, saying that not all EA titles will include microtransactions.
The furore kicked off two weeks ago, when Jorgensen attended the Morgan Stanley Technology Media & Telecom Conference. He spoke of how players are “enjoying and embracing that way of the business,” and that as a result EA is now “building into all of our games the ability to pay for things along the way,” bringing the payment process under the roof of the publisher in order to make purchases easier.
Yesterday, at another conference – New York’s Wedbush Technology Conference – Jorgensen reiterated EA’s intent to make the microtransaction systems part of the in-house development process, but took a slightly different position on the universality of microtransactions in future releases:
“I made a statement in the conference along the lines of ‘We’ll have micro-transactions in our games’ and the community read that to mean all our games, and that’s really not true. All of our mobile games will have micro-transactions in them, because almost all of them are going to a world where they are play for free.”
So there we have it. Not all games will definitely have microtransactions, but any game might have microtransactions.