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The Most Played Shooting Game in China Angered Its Players in The Anniversary Event

By Johnson Ge
Aug. 2, 2022 updated 10:05

On August 1st, the topic of the online first-person shooter Crossfire reached 23rd on the hot trend list of Weibo due to the unsatisfying with the incoming anniversary events. Meanwhile, another related topic “tens of thousands of players are requesting the resignment of Crossfire’s game designer” appeared as a hot trend as well.

A screenshot of the hot trend records on WeiboA screenshot of the hot trend records on Weibo

Crossfire is an online shooting game published by Tencent Games in China in 2007. It has become one of the world's most-played video games by player count and was the most popular shooting game in China for years.

In the previous anniversary events, players could purchase 7 gift boxes to acquire the exclusive anniversary in-game items for in-total 1400 CNY (equals 200 USD) and players are expecting the same this year. Instead, on this anniversary the way to acquire exclusive items is changed to a random wheel of fortune. In most players’ experience, it means they will pay more money for those in-game items unless they are super lucky.

A screenshot of a video where a player complaint that he spent 12K CNY (equals 1770 USD) but still failed to get a sniper rifle from a random pull event in CrossfireA screenshot of a video where a player complaint that he spent 12K CNY (equals 1770 USD) but still failed to get a sniper rifle from a random pull event in Crossfire

Their unsatisfied voices and the demand of having a similar event to the previous year made the previous topics rise to hot trends.

A screenshot of the comparison between the 2021 Anniversary events and 2022 one.A screenshot of the comparison between the 2021 Anniversary events and 2022 one.|

On August 1st, 7 pm, the official Weibo of Crossfire posted an announcement, claiming that the anniversary random pull event will have a hard pity system, and the saying about “at most 140K CNY to claim all exclusive items” is a false rumor. However, players are not satisfied with their responses.

A screenshot from the Weibo comments shows many players are not satisfied with the official response.A screenshot from the Weibo comments shows many players are not satisfied with the official response.

Source: Weibo