How to add real-money mechanics to existing games
Betable is the first platform that lets you legally add real-money play to your games and apps. The applications of real-money play range from the obvious, such as a slot machine app on Android, to the abstract, like a strategy game that incorporates real-money betting into its resource collection. We wanted to give you some examples so that you can form ideas for integrating real-money play in your own games. Remember, this list is just the beginning: we’re counting on you to come up with creative new real-money game mechanics that bake monetization right into the gameplay. And with that in mind, off we go!
Real money version of casino games
The simplest conceptual integration of Betable is to add real-money gambling into a traditional virtual currency casino game. By doing so, you can keep all of the existing game mechanics while improving your game’s monetization with engaging real-money play.
Real money version of social farming games
The most common random chance mechanic in social farming games is the “Mystery Box”, in which the player wagers paid currency for a chance at a random virtual item. The virtual item rewarded could be worthless in paid currency, or it could be worth significantly more than the wager amount. You could use the same model with Betable’s real-money currency, sometimes awarding real-money currency and sometimes awarding a virtual item in what would otherwise be a “losing outcome”. In doing so, the player always feels that he’s gotten his money’s worth from making the wager.
Another, more in-depth integration of real-money into a farming game could be done with the crop-and-harvest mechanic. You could have real-money crops, such as “Golden Corn”, where players would need to use real-money currency to buy seeds. Once planted, the crop matures normally. When the crop is harvested, each harvest could be considered a pull of the lever at a slot machine, awarding real-money currency if the player wins and virtual currency if the player loses. In this example, you can see how real-money play can occur in a way that seamlessly blends wagering with existing gameplay.
Real money rewards in role playing games
In a role-playing game, you could integrate Betable by giving players a chance at real-money rewards when they complete gameplay objectives. For example, you could sell Golden Keys for real-money currency at your menu screen or in-game shop, which would essentially be the buy-in for multiple spins later. Then, players could find Golden Chests in the world or after boss battles that require consuming a Golden Key to open. When it opens, they have a chance at a random reward of real-money currency, a virtual item, or virtual currency. In addition, you could have Golden Lock Boxes, which follow the same mechanic as the Golden Chests but are items that can be dropped by bosses or chosen as a quest reward. In this example, Betable is used to provide real-money rewards to the player without breaking the immersion of the game world.
Real money objectives in strategy games
This is our most abstract example, but it’s a unique way of integrating real-money play into a strategy game. Imagine your typical turn based strategy game, where your goal is to conquer the immediate map. As a part of this game, there are resource nodes that you must capture and hold to acquire resources. In this example, you would enter the game having already purchased real-money currency, which can be used in the game’s menu screen to purchase upgrades and unique units. As a part of the map, there are Gold resource nodes that require real-money currency to operate. Every turn, the player pays real money to keep the node online, and if they do so, they have a chance to strike Gold and win real-money currency, or not find anything. In this way, the real-money currency can be found on the battlefield of a strategy game while remaining an entirely optional aspect of gameplay.
These are just a few examples, and we always encourage our developers to come up with exciting new ways to integrate real-money play into their games. If you have ideas for how your favorite games can integrate real-money play into their core gameplay, sound off in the comments!