Game Industry analyst Michael Pachter from Wedbush Securities has made some dead on predictions, and some not so. However this year he has predicted something that kind of scares me...
Overwatch going free to play.
He says that it will be due to the 18 Overwatch league team owners needing more validation on their purchase of a team:
“I think that the 18 Overwatch League owners have been assured by Blizzard that it will expand the audience for Overwatch. The most expedient way to do this is to make the core game free-to-play in order to attract tens of millions of new users, who ostensibly will convert to OWL viewers. I expect this by mid-June (the third anniversary of the launch of the original game. Disgruntled players who bought the core game will likely be compensated by being given free stuff (skins or other cosmetic items).”
This may be good for business but I’m not too sure if it’s good for the game and it’s community. People would be less likely to ruin or troll a game that they actually paid for.
And then what? From that point we need to buy the cosmetics with real money?
Do you think this is a good idea? Is money the only thing keeping you from enjoying Overwatch?
We will definitely be talking about this on our next episode so leave your comments!
And to check out other interesting predictions from various analysts, head on over to Gameindustry.biz