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Runescape adds first microtransaction system

Jagex's long-running online game Runescape has begun experimenting with microtransactions with a mini-game that allows players to spend real world currency.

Tom Curtis, Blogger

April 2, 2012

1 Min Read

Newsbrief: Jagex's long-running online game Runescape has begun experimenting with microtransactions with a mini-game that allows players to spend real world currency. The game's most recent update has given players the option to buy more turns for the "Squeal of Fortune" mini-game, from which players can earn additional items and bonuses. This addition sets an unusual precedent for Runescape, as it has traditionally relied only on a standard subscription model. Jagex said on its official forums that the new system is intended to give "impatient" players a chance to benefit from the mini-game at a faster rate. The company did not confirm whether it plans to add additional microtransactions to Runescape going forward. For more information on the game's new microtransaction system, check out the FAQ on the official Runescape forum.

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Tom Curtis

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Tom Curtis is Associate Content Manager for Gamasutra and the UBM TechWeb Game Network. Prior to joining Gamasutra full-time, he served as the site's editorial intern while earning a degree in Media Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

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