We are pleased to present our plans to add an exchange for in-game War Thunder items and new opportunities for user-made camouflages in the game.
Today we want to tell you about our plans for the launch of the War Thunder Market – an in-game market in which players will be able to buy and sell items. When the Market launches, all players will be able to buy and sell coupons to get user-made camouflages for vehicles, along with other special in-game items. But we’ll go into that in later in this devblog. For now, we’ll tell you about the Market. Let’s go!
The War Thunder Market
The War Thunder Market is a place where players can buy and sell War Thunder items between each other. Payments on the Market are made with a special in-game currency – Gaijin Coins. Gaijin Coins can be purchased for roubles, dollars and other currencies, or earned on the Market itself by selling items earned in the game to other players. The new currency – Gaijin Coins – is necessary so that users from different countries can easily trade with each other. In the future, it will be possible to spend Gaijin Coins not only on the Market, but also in the War Thunder online store – for example, by buying a premium vehicle pack or Golden Eagles.
What you can buy and sell on the Market
Not all in-game items can be bought and sold on the Market. When the Market is launched for trading, trophies with user-made camouflages will be available (we talk more about those below), along with vehicle trophies, which you can buy in the warbond shop or by using coupons for vehicles and camouflages that you can get from those trophies.
New opportunities for user-made camouflages
Previously it was only possible to implement user-made camos for yourself while other players still saw the standard ones, now some user-made camouflages can be seen by all players in battle. User-made camouflages will be among the first goods on the War Thunder in-game market. Specially for the opening of the Market, we’ve implemented new opportunities for user-made content in the game. Once every few weeks, we’ll select a small number of camouflages exhibited on the WT LIVE platform, and they’ll go to the Market and into the Game. You can get a camouflage by unlocking a special trophy. You can get one of these trophies just by playing on a vehicle at rank III or above. In order to unlock a trophy you should purchase a key for it on the Market. Opening a trophy with such a key will credit you with a coupon for a camo. Both the trophy and the coupon can be sold on the Market. But if you use the coupon, the camo will be applied to your vehicle and you won’t be able to sell it on.
Displaying historical camouflages
We also want to note that not all user-made camouflages selected for the Market will be historical. We understand that some players don’t want to see non-authentic camouflages in battle, so we’re adding an option to the game to set which type of camouflages you will be able to see in battle. You can select between displaying only historical skins, semi-historical or all. By default, the camouflage display option will be enabled for showing only historical camouflages, but when you set any non-historical camouflage on a vehicle, the display option will switch to “Any” mode.
How to earn from camouflage creation
A portion of the money received from selling keys will be shared between the authors of the camouflages that can be obtained by opening the trophy. Authors will receive their payments in Gaijin Coins. We plan to let authors earn real money after their camouflages have earned a specific amount of Gaijin Coins by selling their camos. More details regarding this aspect of the Market can be found in the updated WT LIVE Contribution Agreement.
How camouflages are selected
Gaijin employees will select camouflages from among those exhibited on the WT LIVE platform. The criteria used for the selection may include the vehicle’s popularity among players, the quality of the work and how suitable the camouflage is for the game in our view. Authors of camouflages on War Thunder vehicles that want to see their creations in the game and on the Market should follow the basic principles for creating in-game content. For a camouflage to be a contender for addition to the game, it must not contain forbidden symbols or other graphical or textual elements that contradict the game’s rules of conduct, War Thunder’s age rating or international laws.
Of course, don’t forget about quality and continued support for your content, for example if the requirements for camouflage change. Find out how to properly create a camouflage.
Q. By what rules do trophies with camouflages drop? What influences the drop chance?
A. Trophies will drop in random battles and events. To have a chance of getting a trophy, you have to be using a vehicle with at least rank III, and have at least 50% activity in the battle. There are currently no modifiers for trophy drop chance.
Q. I have limited internet. Will downloading camouflages significantly affect this?
A. Already, most of the camouflages that are in the game are present in the game’s main client and are downloaded during the mission, so from that point of view there won’t be any significant changes.
Content Author Questions.
Q. I only get payments if a camouflage I made drops for a player?
A. Only Gaijin Coins received for your work can be exchanged for real money. In this case, that work is camouflages.
Q. What happens with user-made camouflages that have already been added to the game?
A. These camouflages are removed from sale for Golden Eagles and may be added to one of the trophies in the future. Players that have bought these camouflages will continue to be able to use them.
Q. I’m worried that the ability to earn real money from camouflages will encourage a lot of low-quality mass content that I’ll get swamped in.
A. “There’s no substitute for skill” :) Creating a camouflage is one thing. Creating a camouflage that will be highly rated by players and the Gaijin team and added to the game is quite another. Authors of mediocre content will quickly abandon their efforts to earn Gaijin Coins. Gain experience and create awesome camouflages that players will notice!
Q. Can PS4 players take advantage of this feature?
A. Unfortunately not.
The War Thunder Team