Artifact Payment Model Causes Backlash, Valve Responds

Changes are being made following a series of complaints.

Artifact, Valve’s online trading card game, has received some considerable backlash from fans for its “pay for everything” payment model – and Valve has given an official response. As reported by PC Gamer, fans have a bevy of complaints about the game’s payment model. Despite the base game with its initial set of cards costing £20, fans will have to pay £2 for every booster pack of cards.

Fans can also win more cards by playing drafting modes using event tickets (which cost real-world money to purchase) or buy and sell specific cards in the marketplace, which Valve also profits off of.

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The backlash to this got so bad that one of the most popular Artifact threads on Reddit urged fans not to buy the game to dissuade this sort of monetization. Valve has responded to some of these complaints in a blog post yesterday before the game’s public beta went live. Issues pertaining to drafting were addressed, with Valve noting fans couldn’t draft with friends, or practice draft modes without spending an event ticket.

Fans also noted that starter cards (which everyone begins the game with) would be next to useless on the marketplace, necessitating the purchase of booster packs anyway. To somewhat remedy this, the next beta build will include a “Casual Phantom Draft gauntlet available in the Casual Play section,” though that appears to be more of a practice mode. Another complaint, that starter cards which everyone begins with would be included in booster packs and would therefore be next to useless on the marketplace, is being dealt with by allowing “extra, unwanted cards to be recycled into event tickets.”

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For more on Artifact, check out our first look at game’s draft mode, and read about how Valve won’t force you to chat with your opponent in the game.

Artifact is set to be released on November 28 for PC, MacOS and Linux on Steam, and later in 2019 for iOS and Android devices.

Colin Stevens is a news writer for IGN.

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