I know I’m probably going to come under a lot of heat for this, but it’s something I feel needs to be said. Famous Youtubers are helping to destroy Call of Duty (and countless other games) for all gamers. How? By continuously contributing to and encouraging the use of microtransactions.

The past couple of CoD titles – Advanced Warfare and Black Ops 3 – are perfect examples of this. Sledgehammer Games introduced the concept of Supply Drops, an in-game rewards system that allows players to swap either in-game currency or, worse, actual cash for a chance at getting new weapons, weapon skins, character skins, and other items. Treyarch followed suit and included this microtransaction system in their latest game as well.

Black Ops 3 Microtransactions

Let’s call this system exactly what it is – a cash cow that is probably creating gambling addictions among teens and adults alike.

Seriously… supply drops should be renamed “gamble boxes”. You put up some cash and, thanks to the beautiful beast we all know by the name of RNG, you get a SLIGHT chance at getting a nifty piece of in-game gear.

While there are certainly some less than intelligent people in the world that no doubt throw cash at their screens for this without any need of persuasion, I personally believe YouTubers such as Chaosxsilencer, TmarTn, and Ali-A are helping boost spending on these microtransactions by building up additional hype.

These guys purchase CoD points, the in-game currency that requires real money to get, by the thousands, even tens of thousands and create “supply drop opening” videos by the dozens. Not only that, but they’re constantly trying to make the experience seem as exciting as possible.

Don’t believe me?

Here’s a video where Chaos bought 5,000 CoD Points to use on drops.

In this video you can watch TmarTn open drops with 13,100 points (that’s over $100 worth).

Here you can watch Ali-A blowing through 31,000 points (over $200 worth).

These guys are encouraging players, young and old, to go out and spend their hard-earned cash (or perhaps their parents’ income) on these supply drops that often have a very, very low chance of giving you what you want. There have been countless reports of people spending $100, $200, even $300 or more and still not getting the elusive special weapons they’re wanting.

Yes, it’s true… you DO NOT have to spend real money to get drops. But with Treyarch nixing anything that dishes out Cryptokeys at a decent rate – it’s clear what they want you to do. It can feel like it takes AGES just to get up enough keys to open a single rare supply drop. So, obviously, the faster route is to purchase CoD points for instant gratification.

Couple that aspect with the countless YouTube celebs that are constantly promoting this money-hog of a system and you can see how this would be a big problem.

Activision has already come out and said that the sales for supply drop microtransactions have helped their revenues EXCEED their expectations. Guess what that means? You can definitely expect to see this exact system, or at least something very similar, in ANY game this publisher touches.

For those that aren’t aware of everything Activision has power over, it’s a lot. Their lineup consists of:

  • Every Call of Duty Game
  • Destiny
  • Skylanders
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater
  • Chivalry Medieval Warfare
  • and many more

That’s not even the biggest problem, though.

The biggest issue is that all of the other game developers that are going to see how insane Activision’s profit margins are with these microtransactions and, because they’re all businesses that need & want money, they’re going to incorporate a similar system into their games.

So, yes, in a way YouTubers like Ali-A and TmarTn are helping to contribute to the inclusion of microtransactions across all video games, not just Call of Duty.

What are your thoughts on this? Should YouTubers stop encouraging sales and start supporting gamers by not promoting this nonsense?

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  1. Completely agree with you. They won’t stop doing supply opening videos because they generate too much income for them from views. People could start by unsubbing from those Youtubers that are guilty but I think at this point it may be a losing battle. Anyhow, vote with your dollars people.

  2. this isnt a news site at all..

    1. Obviously this was an opinion piece. Nothing gets by you, eagle-eye.

      1. well it would have been a good idea to put “Opinion” in the title rather than make it seem like a fact. Poor journalism, if thats what journalism has degraded into anyway.

        1. It’s pretty clear that this is an opinion piece. Hence the use of “I” and the conversational tone.

          1. Read the damn title. Does that look an opinion or a fact?

          2. If you are going to be an overly nit picking nit wit…. then people need to look at things in a very technical manner. The statement “YOUTUBERS HELP BOOST CALL OF DUTY’S MICROTRANSACTION GAMBLING SYSTEM” is a fact. It really actually is. It is not an “opinion” as you claim. These youtubers did in fact buy COD points. They admit they did. They admit they spent money. Do you deny this ?

            So now that we established that they spent money…where does that money go? it goes to the companies like activision and treyarch… that money that the youtubers spent… that $100, $20, $30 etc went to the company’s bottom line. Thus encouraging them to do more microtransactions in future games, or are you claiming that companies don’t like more money and that they will shun profits in the future… cause then if we say that is in the realm of possibility then you might have a valid point.Idiocy aside they will always try to make larger and larger profits, cause guess what it is their fiduciary responsibility to their shareholders. The other fact is that these youtube videos act as advertising for these microtransactions , it is publicity for them like it or not. What is the effectiveness of this microtransaction advertisement/publicity? We don’t know the amount but to claim like you do that there is no effect is absurd. The closer that the effect gets to 0 in your eyes the more and more absurd it is. These youtubers have hundreds of thousands if not millions combined of viewers. you are trying to make the argument that not a single one of the viewers went out and bought “cod points” after watching one of these videos? as a professional gambler I will take that bet.


            And whats the source? Just because an athlete wears nikes doesnt mean I should put up an article as a journalist stating that athletes have significantly boosted nike sales while I have no official proof like raw statistics or official statements to back up my article. Do not defend this perfect example of flawed journalism. For fucks sake, even IGN puts “OPINION” as the first word in the title of any of their biased pieces.

          4. the youtubers that bought the cod points … that is the cource .. that is all that there needs to be to prove that they themselves increased the sales. nit pick nit pick…

          5. and no where in the world is there a rule that says every news outlet must place “opinion” or “editorial” in front of their writings/pieces. opinion can be news/journalism. he is drawing attention to what he thinks is an issue. and he obviosuly succeeded.

          6. Well, go to youtube and write “Cod supply drop opening” in the search. There’s your proof.

          7. Well dont youtubers boost the sales of anything they post?

  3. Thanks dude, more people need to speak out about this.

  4. People on yt, COD “gamers” are spending 200 $ on this shit.yet none of them are saying “hey, stop this shit”.

  5. I agree. I don’t care about the videos that much, but they are too lazy to add supply drop mechanism to old gen consoles like ps3!

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