You may remember that last year a law was passed in China which required game companies to reveal the drop rates of virtual items and services. This law came into effect on May 1st this year and Blizzard complied by revealing the drop rate in Overwatch loot boxes.
It seems that Blizzard have been thinking about this and have now found a loophole that lets them avoid revealing the drop rate.
Instead of selling loot boxes directly, they will sell credits that will include loot boxes as a 'bonus gift'. Because the loot boxes now only count as a secondary gift, apparently the loophole means the drop rate doesn't need to be published.
If you want to see how cynical this is, take a look at the 'credit' bundles available (via pcgamesn):
- 5 credits and 2 loot boxes for 12元, roughly £1.37 or $1.76
- 15 credits and 5 loot boxes for 30元, roughly £3.41 or $4.41
- 30 credits and 11 loot boxes for 60元, roughly £6.83 or $8.82
- 60 credits and 24 loot boxes for 120元, roughly £13.65 or $17.64
- 120 credits and 50 loot boxes for 238元, roughly £27.08 or $34.99
So from a legal perspective, you are simply buying 120 credits for $34.99! Nothing to see here!
This should be a nice reminder to everyone that big companies will make efforts to keep consumers less informed.