Investigating Overwatch's Stingy Loot System

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Steven Bogos:
Have to really disagree with Yahtzee on this one. The "Loot system" of Overwatch was an afterthought - a fun little way to get some random goodies here and there. None of the items have any effect on gameplay. His complaints are petty and make it seem like Blizzard is "holding stuff hostage" from us.

What happened to the old days when people were able to enjoy video games without having to be pat on the back every X hours, given a random goodie, and told "well done! You have progressed!"

You seem to be mistaken, because in the old days, people WERE given random goodies. If something was in the game, there was a realistic expectation that you would be able to obtain it, whereas nowadays the expectation is that you'll have to pay for it, and possibly pay quite a lot as well.

The argument that because it doesn't have any effect on gameplay then it shouldn't matter is fallacious. If it really didn't matter then why bother to include it in the game at all? Earning things, customizing your appearance and character, these things matter to people. Their very presence in the game is itself an indicator that people find them important, and just because you personally don't care doesn't mean that you should be dismissing the concerns of people who do, because this thing is clearly aimed at them and not you and they care and they think it's shit.

I don't think Blizzard really wants players to 100% the loot system. What's the fun in getting a legendary skin out of a box if everyone has them?

Interesting numbers. For me though, the notion of progress annoys me to no end.

Was there progress in HL2 DM? Was there progress in Warcraft 2 vs? Was there progress in Doom (the original) deathmatches? In Counter Strike? No. It was just games. For the fun of it. If you returned to a game it was for ONE reason, and one alone...you wanted to.

When I play Overwatch, its because of that. I realize there are some disturbed souls out there that cant put something down untill they have "completed" it whatever that means....but for the vast majority of people, the cosmetics and other BS should be just some extra spice for when you've played some games.

Fuck progression, its not an MMO. You're not building a character. Its just for fun. Isnt that enough?

One thing your simulation didn't take into account was how long it takes you to earn those boxes, by the time you've eared enough boxes to get everything there will be more stuff brought out that you will need to earn. I honestly can't imagine anyone getting 100% and I'm ok with that, all I care about is do I have a cool skin for the characters I play the most? Yes, fine then.

Gizen:
You seem to be mistaken, because in the old days, people WERE given random goodies. If something was in the game, there was a realistic expectation that you would be able to obtain it, whereas nowadays the expectation is that you'll have to pay for it, and possibly pay quite a lot as well.

That's true of a lot of games, but I don't think it applies to Overwatch.

Transdude1996:
Uh, guys, I think the whole sense of progression with the "Getting good at the game" argument as far as multiplayer games are concerned is thrown out the window when a 17 year old can disband an entire "professional" esports team.

Wow, there are sponsered E-sports teams already for this game? It hasn't even been out that long. Probably why they're acting so immature i guess.
As for those presenters...Eek, how annoying and awkward can you get? I generally avoid gaming youtube series' for this exact reason, something alway feels really off and cringe inducing with the presenters and i haven't found any that make me not quit mid episode. Either something is terribly wrong with me or gaming news personalities need a serious step up in their method of presentation.
Good for the lady though! She weaseled out a couple of undeserving immature dickheads by skill alone, i hope she gets to rightfully take their place. :)

BytByte:
Something I realized after watching the ZP and reading this is the need for a "sense of progression." I guess I might be in the minority of this, but for games like Overwatch especially, the largest sense of progression I get is actually getting better at the game. Being an online competitive game, the main source of enjoyment (at least for me) is the competition against other real peoples. So being able to beat more and more people is the biggest sense of progression I have in the game. Thinking that getting more cosmetics (especially because of the way you get them) is the only "progress" you can make in the game is... weird to me. I'd agree that it's the most tangible "progress" as skill is much more personal and hard to measure, but you get a lot more out of games then what they tell you you have.

Long story short, the biggest sense of progression in games like Overwatch is realizing you are getting better at them, not any digital items.

Totally agree. This is all multiplayer games SHOULD need if they can stand on their gameplay alone. I think Overwatch does this. Putting in a progression system just gives the illusion of more content, but it's rarely ever all that meaningful. I'm glad they didn't put in anything like that (barring the ranked mode that will be coming soon, of course) and are instead going to be working on adding more stuff that actually matter: heroes and maps.

If you care about the loot boxes in this game, it's really probably not for you. They're a nice little thing that you get for playing after about an hour. Do I think someone is going to 100% Overwatch? Absolutley. I probably won't be putting in that many hours, but I bet a lot of others will. Besides, why do you NEED to 100% the collections? Realistically, you can probably get your favourite skins for your favourite heroes after leveling to 100. If you seriously care that you don't own all different colours of the basic skin, I have to question your priorities.

Having said all that, I do absolutely agree with the sentiment that it was a shitty thing for Blizzard to make the 60 dollar version mandatory for consoles.

FillerDmon:
I distinctly remember, in reference to Pokemon Black and Yakuza 4, that Yahtzee admittedly doesn't care about 100% completion. So, why exactly does the completely optional loot system matter?

Because it's the only thing Overwatch has by way of measuring progress/offering long-term goals. Even Pokemon has an endgame.

Yahtzee Croshaw:

Does Blizzard honestly expect anyone to 100% this sodding Overwatch game?

No, they don't. Why in the fuck would you even want to? Roughly 1050 items in the game, and only roughly 126 items are equippable.

"Oh goody. Here are 900 items that I can't fucking even use. I MUST HAVE THEM!!!"

The Overwatch system isn't stingy. People are just overly entitled. Shit, if you do want to 100% the game, then it's estimated to only take around 1000 hours.

'But 1000 hours is along time!!!!' - Each Golden Gun takes 300 wins to obtain. If you're a completionist, you'll have every cosmetic before you get all the guns.

The system is there as a long term goal. Not something for some entitled arses to breeze through in a week.

Johnny Novgorod:

Because it's the only thing Overwatch has by way of measuring progress/offering long-term goals. Even Pokemon has an endgame.

No. It's only the only gauge while we wait for conpetitive, which has its own currency for special items.

Kibeth41:

Yahtzee Croshaw:

Does Blizzard honestly expect anyone to 100% this sodding Overwatch game?

No, they don't. Why in the fuck would you even want to? Roughly 1050 items in the game, and only roughly 126 items are equippable.

They don't expect EVERYONE to 100% it, but all they need is a few people to at least TRY to and they're in the money.

Wait a minute, that sounds like a system I've heard about before....Oh yeah! It's the microtransaction systems that look to ensnare "whales".

Don't kid yourself here, that content is made to be earned and bought or it wouldn't be an option. Did they HAVE to make the loot randomised and have the loot boxes provide duplicates? Did they have to make half of it sprays? (something nice, but ultimately so worthless they really should be free) Did they have to have a GAMBLING rather than just selling them each for a couple of bucks as DLC packs?

No they didn't, by having then "earnable" in game they're making the system LOOK fair, but they've tipped the probability scales in such a way that if you've got a few skins you want you're gonna need to grind for a loooong time or pay for those rolls of the dice.

Roboshi:
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It isn't gimped to make you pay. That's player choice. Usually the "whales" are people who have more time than money on their hands, and don't mind supporting the gaming industry. Shame that you want to alienate them.

The speed at which crates are obtained is fair. You literally get a crate every couple of games.

As for sprays, you disliking and devaluing them is YOUR personal opinion. Personally, I like sprays. As for value, they're literally as worthless as all of the other cosmetics.

The system is healthy. Again, it's there for the long haul. Not to be breezed through in a week. It gives players a constant goal.

And frankly, the crate system would still be there without micro transactions. The loot crate system was generally liked before them, since a game which throws cosmetics at you every few rounds is praisable. But apparently, having micro transactions tacked on made it a target for criticism by some hypocrites.

Valnakrume:
My only reason to play is for laughs and Loot boxes.

And this is the important point - things like loot boxes aren't there with the expectation that people will actually collect everything, they're there so that there's always a reason for people to keep playing. It's a goal that you can always aim for, not one you actually want to achieve. Once people actually have everything, most of them will quickly get bored and do something else. Games generally end once you've levelled up and got all the powerful items, stories end once the characters have finished their quest and tied up all the plot threads, and so on. As cliche as it is, it's the journey that people enjoy, not the destination. Reaching the destination means you've finished, and the whole point of multiplayer games like this is that you're not ever supposed to finish.

Remember vanilla TF2? Me (and a great deal of others) put thousands of hours into that game with nary a spray or hat to be unlocked.

It feels cheap and stingy, there's no doubt about that.
Improvements are easy to make without destroying the microtransaction:
1. Increase loot gains by 1 per box
2. Guarantee a skin for each box (but keep duplicate chances)
3. Milestone rewards at tens, twentys or fifties in the form of level divided by ten boxes (5 at fifty etc)
4. Increase duplicate worth
5. Enable "dusting" owned cosmetics
6. Enable multiple rare/epic/legendaries per box
7. All of the above

Whenever I get a loot box I get annoyed and even when I get something nice it results in an exasperated "finally". That's not very satisfying and I'd honestly prefer the loot system not to be there at all.
That being said, do I think the system is totally unfair? No, but it sure as fuck feels like it is.

The combination of this being a full price game with a relatively small amount of content, the loot system/microtransactions, the scrapped Titan project, the somewhat incompetent matchmaking system and the horde of developer apologists makes it all the worse; The loot system is "not in a vacuum" as people are fond of saying.

Smilomaniac:
It feels cheap and stingy, there's no doubt about that.
Improvements are easy to make without destroying the microtransaction:
1. Increase loot gains by 1 per box
2. Guarantee a skin for each box (but keep duplicate chances)
3. Milestone rewards at tens, twentys or fifties in the form of level divided by ten boxes (5 at fifty etc)
4. Increase duplicate worth
5. Enable "dusting" owned cosmetics
6. Enable multiple rare/epic/legendaries per box
7. All of the above

Whenever I get a loot box I get annoyed and even when I get something nice it results in an exasperated "finally". That's not very satisfying and I'd honestly prefer the loot system not to be there at all.
That being said, do I think the system is totally unfair? No, but it sure as fuck feels like it is.

The combination of this being a full price game with a relatively small amount of content, the loot system/microtransactions, the scrapped Titan project, the somewhat incompetent matchmaking system and the horde of developer apologists makes it all the worse; The loot system is "not in a vacuum" as people are fond of saying.

I just want to address 6. You can get multiple rare/epic/legendaries per box. I've gotten both a Legendary skin and a legendary coin box in the same box. I've also gotten a legendary and an epic together. Definitely not super often but it does happen.

yea, the longer you play, the loot boxes drop sharply in value because of duplicates, making you less likely to buy boxes over time.

I bought 24 the second week, got some nice stuff, but just the other day my most recent box after leveling up was 3 duplicates worth 5-25 credits and one player icon.

I'd ask Blizard why would I want to waste money on loot boxes at this point, and I'm nowhere near the half-way mark on any one hero's unlocks.

Rednog:

I just want to address 6. You can get multiple rare/epic/legendaries per box. I've gotten both a Legendary skin and a legendary coin box in the same box. I've also gotten a legendary and an epic together. Definitely not super often but it does happen.

Sweet, that makes me feel slightly better about things. Obviously I haven't encountered any such luck, so my revision would be "up the odds" instead, then.

I'm about as casual as you can get and I'm pretty happy with the loot boxes so far. Just reached level 11 and already have an alternate skin for my favourite character. One of the extra items for another character was interesting enough to convince me to try them out.

IMHO, the loot crates are just bonus. The fun of the game is, well, playing it.

BytByte:
Something I realized after watching the ZP and reading this is the need for a "sense of progression." I guess I might be in the minority of this, but for games like Overwatch especially, the largest sense of progression I get is actually getting better at the game. Being an online competitive game, the main source of enjoyment (at least for me) is the competition against other real peoples. So being able to beat more and more people is the biggest sense of progression I have in the game. Thinking that getting more cosmetics (especially because of the way you get them) is the only "progress" you can make in the game is... weird to me. I'd agree that it's the most tangible "progress" as skill is much more personal and hard to measure, but you get a lot more out of games then what they tell you you have.

Long story short, the biggest sense of progression in games like Overwatch is realizing you are getting better at them, not any digital items.

Yeah I've never understood the need for "leveling up" in a game where all you get is cosmetic items. I guess it's just sort of a nice bonus for long time play? And who really cares if you get ALL the items in the game? Most of them are redundant and you won't use even half of them, so just throw a couple changes on characters you care about and play often, maybe spend a few credits if you have them and have done with.

Back in the day we played Unreal Tournament which didn't even have leveling and we enjoyed the fuck out of it, but for some reason people need incentives beyond simply having fun to play games now?

You know what's NOT stingy with it's rewards? Battleborn. Yeah the difficulty spikes in Advanced are all over the place but for the most part, all the unlocks can be completed through just general gameplay and I got access to all but 1 of them in about 20 hours of gameplay?

KingsGambit:

Not to nitpick too much, but this is a pretty inefficient way of using your credits. A better way would have been, at the end of each cycle (after opening the loot boxes), to check the total value of the wallet against the total cost of the unobtained items and end the simulation if the value is greater than the cost.

Basically, you want to save all your purchases for the end, if you're going for 100% completion. That way you never get an item that's a duplicate of one you bought. Your way just wastes most of the early credits. Since you're going to be buying the last few dozen items either way, saving all those early credits to do so is the way to go. If the average item costs a couple hundred plus credits by then, then, e.g., 50 "must-buy" items times 250 credits, cut by a fifth to account for duplicates of purchased items, divided by an average of say 40 credits per box, and you've "overworked" yourself by about 250 boxes.

It's not a huge cut from your overall calculation, but it's still a pretty significant amount.

tl;dr: Yatzhee's estimates should be cut by about 10%.

I agree with this. It occurred to me while reading that it would be better to do it like this to assure less credits spent to be duplicated later. It's not dissimilar to an Offset Mortgage, where the positive capital acts against the amount owed, and when the two meet can cancel out. It means a lot more empties will be filled with random drops, saving credits and makes the most efficient use of credits earned from duplicates.

You realize that the game can and WILL give you duplicates and then just make it so you get a measly pittance worth of credits for them right? I think it's like, 10 for a spray up to 250 for a skin.

Necrozius:
I'm about as casual as you can get and I'm pretty happy with the loot boxes so far. Just reached level 11 and already have an alternate skin for my favourite character. One of the extra items for another character was interesting enough to convince me to try them out.

IMHO, the loot crates are just bonus. The fun of the game is, well, playing it.

The leveling in the early hours of the game is pretty fast from what I hear and slows down a LOT around the 20's or so, requiring several winning matches to get up a rank.

otakon17:

The levelling in the early hours of the game is pretty fast from what I hear and slows down a LOT around the 20's or so, requiring several winning matches to get up a rank.

That's unfortunate. I'll cross my fingers and hope that I get a few more credits before that time. Good to keep in mind that the well will indeed dry up.

They are trying to squeeze a few more coins from you. Why else would they bother keeping track of how many items you've acquired? It takes a few extra lines of code to do that.

Smilomaniac:
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8. Make them tradable. Ideally, they should also be marketable, but we're not talking about Steam here.

I've gotten more clothes than I can wear in Don't Starve Together, but I still get excited when that gift box icon pops up. I don't mind that it's a grey T-shirt and not a legendary character skin worth 20 euros.

Wished I'd never bought Overwatch.

Admittedly there IS something fun and just-one-more-round about it but I should never have bought it.
- Partly because I'm not great at competitive shooters. I can try but I'm old, and slow.
- "Full of colourful characters" - The closest any of these two dimensional arse wipes get to character is bordering on racism. I know this game is meant for kids but my 8 year old pointed out they seem a bit babyish. I appreciate they have put production value in but a a Pixar rip-off is not really for me.
- It has zero content except for multiplayer. You can't even choose modes of gameplay. The one shining gem is the cleverness of how the different abilities of the characters blend, counter, and overlap each other. It really is genius, but other than that what is there? Of course you can say the same of a lot of popular games, Tetris, Pac-man, Chess, Rocket League. So maybe that's the hook. Simplistic context, deep rules, repetitive experience.

I can see why people love it. I can't see why SO many people love it. I personally don't love it.

Steven Bogos:
Have to really disagree with Yahtzee on this one. The "Loot system" of Overwatch was an afterthought - a fun little way to get some random goodies here and there. None of the items have any effect on gameplay. His complaints are petty and make it seem like Blizzard is "holding stuff hostage" from us.

What happened to the old days when people were able to enjoy video games without having to be pat on the back every X hours, given a random goodie, and told "well done! You have progressed!"

I'd have to agree. The per-level loot boxes have sufficed thus far, and I don't feel inclined to splurge money on virtual crap.

It's like there's a Completionist Police and they're gonna deck you if you're not out to obtain every single item for every single character - which is absolutely ridiculous. I'm not playing Overwatch for the levels or the loot, I'm playing Overwatch for the fun of casual objective-based team gameplay.

Steven Bogos:
Have to really disagree with Yahtzee on this one. The "Loot system" of Overwatch was an afterthought - a fun little way to get some random goodies here and there. None of the items have any effect on gameplay. His complaints are petty and make it seem like Blizzard is "holding stuff hostage" from us.

What happened to the old days when people were able to enjoy video games without having to be pat on the back every X hours, given a random goodie, and told "well done! You have progressed!"

For you, but for some people those unlockable skins and tags and things are a big draw to a game with a progression system. Look at how much money gets spent on hats in TF2.

Even though Overwatch looks like a really fun game I'm not buying b/c I refuse to buy a game that then tries to extract further money from me with microtransactions. If you want to sell me DLC fine, but this whole "how we can restrict some part of the game to extract further money from players" game developers and publishers are playing really puts me off.

Steven Bogos:
Have to really disagree with Yahtzee on this one. The "Loot system" of Overwatch was an afterthought - a fun little way to get some random goodies here and there. None of the items have any effect on gameplay. His complaints are petty and make it seem like Blizzard is "holding stuff hostage" from us.

What happened to the old days when people were able to enjoy video games without having to be pat on the back every X hours, given a random goodie, and told "well done! You have progressed!"

Unlockables were all over the place. I owned more clothing and accessories in Virtua Fighter 4 evolution than I probably have owned in reality. You couldn't pay for the stuff either.

I believe there is a way to analytically calculate roughly how many loot boxes you will need. I would attempt it but my math isn't up to scratch ... so if anyone is good at combinatoric, please give it a shot.

Personal opinion time.

This game looks like a fully priced F2P game. LOL

Team Fortress 2 features roughly the same gachapon mechanics with its loot boxes and keys. Both games provide only cosmetic loot.

The F2p TF2 makes money from this system. Overwatch is doing the exact same thing except it has the cheek to charge you upfront too just to be able to play the game.

Kibeth41:

Roboshi:
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It isn't gimped to make you pay. That's player choice. Usually the "whales" are people who have more time than money on their hands, and don't mind supporting the gaming industry. Shame that you want to alienate them.

The speed at which crates are obtained is fair. You literally get a crate every couple of games.

As for sprays, you disliking and devaluing them is YOUR personal opinion. Personally, I like sprays. As for value, they're literally as worthless as all of the other cosmetics.

The system is healthy. Again, it's there for the long haul. Not to be breezed through in a week. It gives players a constant goal.

And frankly, the crate system would still be there without micro transactions. The loot crate system was generally liked before them, since a game which throws cosmetics at you every few rounds is praisable. But apparently, having micro transactions tacked on made it a target for criticism by some hypocrites.

And where did the term "Whales" come from for describing customers?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_roller

That's right - CASINOS. Those lovely child friendly, family orientated bastions of societal good whose business practices of extracting funds from people we all want to expose our children to.

And Overwatch is for children. The age rating is minimum 10-12 depending on location.

So is it good that a game legally suitable for 10 year olds is encouraging gambling practices through random loot and customisation drops that you can pay real money for to receive randomised drops, with a potential cost of thousands of Dollars/Euros/Pounds to complete your collection?

This is gambling, just like the recent CSGO controversy - Real money is being put down for the potential to win customisations in the game. I do not think that this is a healthy system, and we are seeing these gambling mechanics become more and more blatant in full price games designed for younger and younger audiences. It's the reason that if I type "Child Spends Money" into Google I'm met with article after article of young children who have wasted thousands of their parents savings on videogame microtransactions, usually crap ipad games, but again it's becoming more and more entrenched in the AAA market, and that is something I hate to see.

Hero in a half shell:

And where did the term "Whales" come from for describing customers?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_roller

That's right - CASINOS. Those lovely child friendly, family orientated bastions of societal good whose business practices of extracting funds from people we all want to expose our children to.

And Overwatch is for children. The age rating is minimum 10-12 depending on location.

So is it good that a game legally suitable for 10 year olds is encouraging gambling practices through random loot and customisation drops that you can pay real money for to receive randomised drops, with a potential cost of thousands of Dollars/Euros/Pounds to complete your collection?

This is gambling, just like the recent CSGO controversy - Real money is being put down for the potential to win customisations in the game. I do not think that this is a healthy system, and we are seeing these gambling mechanics become more and more blatant in full price games designed for younger and younger audiences. It's the reason that if I type "Child Spends Money" into Google I'm met with article after article of young children who have wasted thousands of their parents savings on videogame microtransactions, usually crap ipad games, but again it's becoming more and more entrenched in the AAA market, and that is something I hate to see.

Casinos don't give you value for money every time. Overwatch does.

The CSGO controversy wasn't even about the crates. It was about pro players advertising betting sites that they secretly owned. Betting is getting squashed out, but CSGO crates are staying. I really don't see how you think this is relevant to Overwatch crates?

Also, the rate at which a F2P player will open a chest in CSGO is about 1 chest every 50 or so hours, if I'm being generous. The game rarely hands out keys. The rate at which an Overwatch player will open chests is about 1 chest every hour. About 2 chests an hour from levels 1 - 15, and levels reset every 100.

And children can't buy micro transactions without parental consent. So even if it were gambling (which it isn't), then it'd still be the parents doing it, and not the child. It's the same as how a child is able to look at Casinos and slot machines, but they just can't sit at the table and play.

You're drawing up a bunch of very weak comparisons here that really don't support your point.

EDIT: Also, just so we're clear: the average drop rate of Legendary skins is 1 in 15 boxes. Epics are 1 in 4 boxes. Rares are almost guaranteed 1 per box (unless replaced by Legendary or Epic), commons are almost guaranteed 3 per box (unless replaced by Rare, Legendary, or Epic).

There's no limit to how many items of each rarity you can get per box.

Not sure if there's a pity timer yet, but if there is, then it'll likely mimic Hearthstone, which would make it a guaranteed Legendary every 1 in 40 boxes (the probability of a drop scales up the more boxes you open, until 100%)

Sprays and voice lines are only common quality.
Poses and player icons are only rare quality.
Highlight intros and Emotes are only epic quality.
Skins are Rare, Epic and Legendary quality.

Kibeth41:

Hero in a half shell:

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Casinos don't give you value for money every time. Overwatch does.

Overwatch loot boxes can contain duplicates. One of the issues with their system is that you can spend real money just to get 4 items you already own, which are replaced by credits one fifth the value of the item. This means instead of getting the 4 new items you paid to get, you get 4/5 of one new item. I would not consider that value for money every time.

The CSGO controversy wasn't even about the crates. It was about pro players advertising betting sites that they secretly owned. Betting is getting squashed out, but CSGO crates are staying. I really don't see how you think this is relevant to Overwatch crates?

Whilst the CSGO controversy was more about the people shilling for their own sites, it was still an issue that they were encouraging their young audiences to gamble real money on their sites. I was making this comparison more to stress the fact that we are seeing more and more gambling practices in videogames, and that's wrong.

Also, the rate at which a F2P player will open a chest in CSGO is about 1 chest every 50 or so hours, if I'm being generous. The game rarely hands out keys. The rate at which an Overwatch player will open chests is about 1 chest every hour. About 2 chests an hour from levels 1 - 15, and levels reset every 100.

Assuming Yahtzee's calculations of 2500 loot boxes is accurate, and using your average box unlock time, that's a playtime of 2,312 hours to unlock everything.

Whilst that may be better than CSGO, it's still a colossal task, one which the game encourages people to chase through it's hero gallery display, whilst providing the tease of using your own money to decrease the grind.

And children can't buy micro transactions without parental consent. So even if it were gambling (which it isn't), then it'd still be the parents doing it, and not the child. It's the same as how a child is able to look at Casinos and slot machines, but they just can't sit at the table and play.

You're drawing up a bunch of very weak comparisons here that really don't support your point.

A parents credit card or paypal account can be linked to the Battlenet store. Once it's in the system then the child does not need the parents permission to make a second, or third, or one thousandth purchase. (Unless Blizzard have some extra special security I don't know about to stop that happening.) I know Amazon save my credit card details for ease of multiple purchases, and it's just a matter of clicking "Buy Now" because all the card info is already inputted into the website.
Luckily, it doesn't seem to have happened yet (or at least, if it has it hasn't made it's way onto the internet that I could find) but it is very possible that a kid could end up spending all the holiday money on Overwatch virtual cosmetic items. To be honest, it doesn't even have to be a child. Anyone who ends up spending excess amounts of their bank account on this game does it because of the gambling mechanic. Even a "Whale" who is smart enough to know better is put in this situation because of Blizzards adoption of very specific and deliberate gambling randomisation mechanics to take advantage of their customers who have already paid full price for the game.

Hero in a half shell:

Assuming Yahtzee's calculations of 2500 loot boxes is accurate, and using your average box unlock time, that's a playtime of 2,312 hours to unlock everything.

Okay I hate it when people split quotes up as you did. It's annoying to edit and singular posts begin taking up the entire page.

But this quote. This right here? It's a clear example on how weak your arguments are.

It takes a long time to unlock every item. There are around 50 items per character. You can only equip 6.

Assuming you want to fully equip EVERY character (and not just the ones you play), then it takes significantly less time than the bullshit statistic that you and so many others quote.

What you're TRYING to say is "It takes a long time to acquire 973 items that you won't ever use, at all." It doesn't take a genius to understand that 133 items? Significantly less time to obtain than 1100+

EDIT: Actually.. Wanted to poke a hole in another one of your arguments.

A parents credit card or paypal account can be linked to the Battlenet store. Once it's in the system then the child does not need the parents permission to make a second, or third, or one thousandth purchase.

https://us.battle.net/account/parental-controls/index.html - Took me literally 5 seconds to find.

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