If you love ChopUp games and play them often, you may be disappointed to hear that the Nigerian mobile games studio has introduced a subscription based service for its games.
ChopUp’s co-founder Zubair Abubakar told TechCabal that users will now have to pay N30 ($0.12) weekly to have access to all of their games. ALL.
“The games are now hosted on Mobile Network Operators’ Appstores, starting with MTN and Airtel app stores across key markets in Africa and is powered by direct operator billing,” Zubair tells us.
That it is powered by direct operator billing means users can pay for subscriptions with airtime directly from their phones.
User will now be prompted to subscribe when they download any ChopUp game for the first time, Zubair tells us.
Apps and games monetizing has been a hot topic in the Nigerian developer community along with dismal number of installs local apps garner on app stores across various platforms.
This is certainly a first in the Nigerian games development space and there is no knowing how this will play out for ChopUp. It could mean ChopUp’s few faithfuls will have to get their gamey fix elsewhere or perhaps this will catch on and they won’t feel the weekly subscription too much of a burden. Certainly, N30 – about the cost of a 2 minutes voice call – is not burdensome by any stretch, and the fact that billing is seamless could make this an easy transition. But the pull of the competition with equally good and free Africa-themed games may prove a clog in the uptake by ChopUp gamers.
ChopUp is the same studio behind the Danfo Reloaded series, Sambisa Assault, Jumpology among other titles. It very recently released its Clash of Clans – themed Battle of the Kingdoms.
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