Chinese Overwatch players will soon be able to purchase in-game currency directly beginning with game update 1.12.
This change was announced by Blizzard via their Chinese Overwatch forums where they stated that this was needed to be done in accordance with new Chinese gaming regulations. These are the same regulations that forced Overwatch and many other games such as League of Legends, Dota, Hearthstone, etc to reveal loot box statistics earlier this year. The law states that companies cannot exclusively sell players virtual lottery tickets( loot boxes) using in- game currency or real money and that actual probability of said boxes should be transparent to the players. As a bit of a work around Blizzard has thrown in some currency to all of the loot box purchases in Chinese Overwatch. The new values and prices are as follows:
*5 in-game currency + 2 loot boxes – 12RMB( 1.76 USD)
*15 in-game currency + 5 loot boxes – 30RMB (4.41 USD)
*30 in-game currency + 11 loot boxes – 60RMB (8.82 USD)
*60 in-game currency + 24 loot boxes – 120RMB (17.64 USD)
*120 in-game currency + 50 loot boxes – 238RMB (34.99 USD)
The update is being advertised as purchasing a set amount of currency with some boxes free, thus working around the new laws. This change is going to be exclusive to China, so international players shouldn’t worry about currency microtransactions ruining Overwatch cosmetics. Chinese players will still be able to obtain new loot boxes regularly in-game as well by leveling up or completing weekly arcade events.
If you’d like to learn more about Overwatch’s loot box rates according to what Blizzard disclosed to China you can check them out right here.