Looks like the gem system is finally coming to PTCGO. They’re using Canada to test the system, probably so there isn’t too much activity for them to handle. Here’s a preview of what it looks like.
For those who don’t know, gems are the in-game currency that will be used to purchase booster packs and other items. Since its release, there has been no option to do this in PTCGO. The only way to obtain more boosters was to get booster codes from packs, a very roundabout system. Players have adapted, but it certainly hasn’t been an ideal setup. Now players will be able to get cards directly through the client.
Unfortunately, an online booster pack ends up costing about $3.80 CAD, which ends up being about as much as a real booster pack. Obviously the question that arises is, “Who is going to buy these when you could get a regular booster pack that comes with actual cards, too?” In order to have any chance of selling these, the price needs to be lowered immensely. Either gems have to cost less or the packs have to cost fewer gems. If things stay the way they are now, I doubt they will have many customers. After all, you can find outside sources that sell codes for under $1.
What do you think? Are gems a good thing, or will they flop? In the long term, these have to be in the client for the game to be successful on a large scale. However, prices like this just seem unreasonable.