Economic Themes (2022) 60 (1) 4, 57-75


Zorana Kostić, Nenad Tomić

Abstract: From a negligible market niche in the entertainment industry, video game publishing has become extremely profitable. The emergence of the video game digital distribution platforms has established a permanent connection between the player and the publisher, making it possible to expand the offer. This led to emergance of the game as a service model, based on a continuous flow of revenue from the sale of additional content in an already distributed game. Revenues generated from the sale of virtual goods within the game are called microtransactions. The subject of this paper is the attitudes of video game players in Serbia and Poland towards different types of microtransactions. The paper has two key objectives: first, to determine whether there are differences in attitudes towards different types of microtransactions, and, second, to determine whether there are differences in attitudes of gamers from Serbia and Poland. In order to achieve these objectives, gamers are given a questionnaire to express their views regarding microtransactions. The existence of statistically significant differences in the attitudes of gamers classified in these two samples is determined for all observed forms of microtransactions, using the t-test

Keywords:  microtransactions; supply; digital distribution; segmentation; behavioral game theory; model

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