In-app purchases suck – even Kanye West says so

Kanye West has lashed out at developers who place in-app purchases in video games created for children.

In-app purchases are common in free-to-play games, which offer players a free experience and then charge for additional features or in-game currency.

The practice has received mixed response from the gaming community, with some arguing that the whole concept is deplorable, while others say it is a valid business model in some circumstances.

Some games only sell cosmetic changes or non-essential features to players, while other games ask you to choose between spending hours earning in-game currency, or paying real money to avoid the grind.

Most contentious in this category are pay-to-win games. These let you spend real money to receive significant advantages against opponents in the game.

West made no distinction between these different implementations of in-app purchases in his profanity-fuelled attack on Twitter.

Kanye West doesn't like in-app purchases
Kanye West doesn’t like in-app purchases.
Kanye West says in-app purchases on kids games make no sense
Kanye West says in-app purchases on kids games make no sense.
Kanye West tells game devs to give parents a break
Kanye West tells game devs to give parents a break.

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