World of Tanks reinvents in-game store to remove "pay-to-win" items, pushes for eSports presence

Ian Birnbaum at

Wargaming, the creators of the hugely successful World of Tanks and the upcoming World of Warships and World of Warplanes, has announced big changes in what gamers can and can’t purchase inside its games. Any item or upgrade that can provide an advantage in battle will no longer be available for purchase, putting and end to “pay-to-win”-style power disparities.

PlanetSide 2's Matt Higby talks membership benefits and pay-to-win

Omri Petitte at

PlanetSide 2 creative director Matthew Higby wrote a lengthy forum post on Monday detailing Sony Online Entertainment's planned benefits package for paying members. He also addressed concerns over purchasable items and weapons granting unfairly lopsided advantages to players spending actual cash "to instantly blow up someone's tank."