Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Shocked after knowing that I spent £1394.45 on Blizzard Entertainment's Hearthstone

In Summer 2017, my friend from Lebanon introduced me to one legendary collectible cards game called Hearthstone. Here is a short summary of Hearthstone's success from Wikipedia:

Hearthstone, originally Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, is a free-to-play online collectible card video game developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment. Having been released worldwide on March 11, 2014, Hearthstone builds upon the existing lore of the Warcraft series by using the same elements, characters, and relics. It was first released for Microsoft Windows and macOS, with support for iOS and Android devices being added later. The game features cross-platform play, allowing players on any supported device to compete with one another, restricted only by geographical region account limits.

The game has been favorably reviewed by critics and has been a success for Blizzard, earning nearly US$40 million per month as of August 2017. As of November 2018, Blizzard has reported more than 100 million Hearthstone players. The game has become popular as an esport, with cash prize tournaments hosted by Blizzard and other organizers.

Up until 1 January 2019, I've played it probably for hundreds of hours. It has been a fun and portal game. Here is a video on Youtube of me playing against a Twitch streamer:


However, Hearthstone is an expensive game. According to an article from Polygon, Hearthstone costs on average 400$ per year:

Blizzard released Kobolds and Catacombs, its latest expansion for Hearthstone, on Dec. 7. The expansion adds 135 new cards to the game, and brings some interesting deck possibilities into the mix, but players are getting frustrated with the increasing cost of keeping up with the game’s competitive scene.

Both the games media and prominent community voices have started talking about how incredibly expensive this game has become, and the data supports their unease. It has never been more expensive to play Hearthstone competitively.

The fact that I've spent that amount of money on a video is insane. Despite my love for Blizzard's Hearthstone and despite the fact that Hearthstone is extremely expensive, I feel that this was a case of serious and reckless spending. I've taken the decision to not spend any money anymore on this game.

I was able to compile a list of all purchases from invoices and put them in a PDF, which is public and you can see it or download by clicking here. Here is a snapshot of the file:


In total, here is the amount spent in three currencies:



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