Former Blizzard president wants to be able to leave tips after completing $70 games

Former Blizzard president Mike Ybarra, who left the publisher in January, likes to leave tips after completing some games for $70.

I’ve been thinking about this idea for a while as a gamer, as I’ve been diving into single-player games lately. As I play through the game, some of them just blow me away with how amazing the experience was.

After beating certain games, Ybarra says he often wishes he could give the developers another $10 or $20 because the game was “worth more” than his original $70 and they weren’t trying to squeeze money out of him every second. Ibarra cites games such as Red Dead Redemption 2, Baldur’s Gate 3 and Elden Ring as examples.

I know $70 is a lot, but sometimes I wish I had that option late in the game. Some games are so special.


Ibarra admits that “most people won’t like the idea” and the public is “tired of tipping everything else.” Although he believes his idea is “different from the tipping situation that many people face” – especially in the US, where tipping culture has crossed the line of insanity.

Gamers reacted negatively to Ibarra’s idea, especially since microtransactions, aggressive monetization, and even $70 price tags were the subject of heated debate. The games Ibarra oversaw during his tenure are no strangers to this type of “tipping.”

Another common question surrounding Ibarra’s idea is: who gets those tips? Most of the games Ibarra mentioned were tied to large publishers rather than independent teams. So when a player gives his theoretical $10 tip, there is absolutely no guarantee that it will reach the developers who actually create these games. Most likely, they will end up in the pockets of top executives and shareholders.


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