A Genshin Impact player recently spent a staggering $20,000 on pulls, though her father was thankfully able to get refunded. miHoYo\’s action role-playing game features a wide range of characters and weapons to unlock, though players must pay into the title\’s gacha mechanic to obtain them. The title is entirely free-to-play, but Genshin Impact\’s gacha pull rates can cost players a large sum of money if they are not careful.
First released in 2020, Genshin Impact allows players to journey across the fantasy world of Teyvat completely free of charge. However, while the base game is free, a slot machine mechanic forces gamers to pay real money for a chance to unlock new characters, weapons and resources. Genshin Impact\’s microtransactions are essentially gambling, with one pull having a random chance to unlock the desired item based on pure luck. While many players pay little mind to this mechanic, since it is entirely optional, others see it as a manipulative way for miHoYo to make money. Genshin Impact also has character costumes that can be bought, adding to the title\’s monetization system.
As reported by The Straits Times and Game Rant, one Genshin Impact player recently spent $20,000 of her father\’s money in-game over a six week period. Product manager Lim Cheng Mong was eventually notified of the shocking credit card debt, which his daughter had accumulated over nearly one hundred individual transactions. Thankfully the father was eventually able to get a refund for the entire sum, avoiding a potentially very serious financial situation. While the story has a happy ending, it also demonstrates the potential for harm that Genshin Impact\’s gacha system possesses.
Genshin Impact\’s microtransaction mechanics allow miHoYo to continue supporting the action role-playing game, but the developer has also given its fans free pulls in the past. In December 2021 a free Genshin Impact 10-pull was given away to honor the game winning Best Mobile Game at The Game Awards. The free pulls came in the form of 1,600 Primogems, an in-game resource that allows players to engage with the gacha system. While this gesture demonstrates miHoYo\’s dedication to its playerbase, many still feel that the title\’s microtransactions are too intrusive.
Some gamers may see microtransactions as entirely innocent, especially in a free-to-play title, but spending $20,000 within the virtual halls of Genshin Impact should be a cautionary tale for all players. The gamer\’s father was thankfully able to receive a refund from their bank after the spending spree, but other gamers may not be so lucky. Genshin Impact\’s gacha system is basically gambling, which can be extremely addictive if not accessed in moderation.