Are Overwatch Loot Boxes a Rip-Off?

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A recent article from Forbes.com has popped up by author Paul Tassi basically stating that it is impossible to grind out and earn all of the Anniversary skins from the latest Overwatch Event.  Tassi using a matrix on drop rates of legendary skins worked out how long it would take to earn one of these skins.

on average, it will take 27 loot boxes, or 27 hours of play, to get one Legendary event skin. 11 Legendary skins would be 267 boxes/hours, and that’s assuming no duplicates.

The tone of the article, and the discussion that it has generated in various Overwatch forums is that this is forcing players to buy Loot Boxes if they want all the skins.  A lot of people have become furious with this aspect of the game comparing it to “fee-to-play” games.

Here’s the thing, these skins (along with everything else in the loot boxes) does not help you in the game at all.  So whether you are grinding to get them or are buying them it won’t help you win at the game.  Not to mention Blizzard has been adding maps, game modes, and characters for free so buying loot boxes isn’t that bad if you really want these limited edition skins.

Personally I have no problem with Blizzard’s methods here, for me when I get a skin in a box I get excited, but since I can’t see my own character (keep in mind this is an FPS) I don’t really care too much what my character looks like.  So in the end it depends on what you see value in.  Me, it’s the fact that unlike say CoD or Battlefront, Blizzard isn’t charging us for map packs or anything like that, every new aspect of this game has been free since our original purchase.  That’s what I think, but what do you think?  Let us know in the comments below.

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