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Amazon adds microtransactions to app store

Consumers can now use their Amazon accounts to purchase virtual goods and in-game currency on titles sold in the retailer’s App Store. Developers creating software for the store can now incorporate in-app payments and microtransactions into their games, according to Joystiq. Payment options include any credit cards, gift certificates or …

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CSR Racing dev defends ‘energy’ micropayment design

The developer behind iOS hit CSR Racing has defended the implementation of microtransactions within the title. The game limits the time players can spend racing in a single session by rationing ‘gas’. Once gas has expired players can either leave it and return later when it will have recharged or …

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Legal concerns decimate DeNA and Gree share price

Japan’s Consumer Affairs Agency has announced an investigation into how social games firms sell their microtransactions in Japan, causing shares in the country’s two major players to nosedive. Nikkei.com reports that shares in both DeNA and Gree – the two major players in Japan’s social gaming scene – plunged to …

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Microtransactions generate 90% of US mobile game revenues

Think the big money is in paid-for apps? Think again – the real money is in in-game purchases. The latest figures from research firm Newzoo show that over 90 per cent of mobile game revenues in the US is generated by microtransactions, according to Gamasutra. That’s considerably higher than in …

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PopCap axes 730,000-user Facebook game

EA PopCap has dropped ZipZapPlay’s Facebook game Baking Life, despite the title having almost three quarters of a million players. The free-to-play game will close at the end of the month. Users who have bought in-game currency using real money will not be able to use this in other PopCap-owned …

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Publishers to Microsoft: ‘Don’t kick us off the Flight’

Microsoft Flight could harm the simulation games market if the company doesn’t open it up to third-parties, publishers have told MCV. Firms such as Mastertronic and Contact Sales currently sell extra content for Microsoft Flight Simulator X.But its sequel Flight, a free-to-play digital PC title out this spring, will not …

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