myVegas is no different than any other consumer product or service, you pay for what you get. Purchasing chips has never been a requirement for the “freemium” game. I’ve had quite a bit of success redeeming valuable rewards at the meager cost of a little bit of free time. Over time, however, players have learned that, if you pay, you tend to get more. The general rule for MLife properties is that a player can redeem 3 rewards every 30 days. However, some people who purchased chip packages soon found out that their reward limit increased. A few have reported being able to redeem as many as 6 rewards in a given trip. The ratio for money spent to rewards allotted is a closely held PlayStudios secret.
However, this isn’t the only perk paying players are receiving. Apparently, purchasing chip packages can expand the rewards catalogue as well. Members of various myVegas groups have confirmed that purchasing chips have given them access to additional rewards. See, it’s this kind of hard-hitting investigative journalism you get here at VFB. When are the Pulitzer winners announced? Anyway, it seems that the $50 package grants access to these unlockables. Though, don’t go making any purchases on my word, as it is not a guarantee. So, what additional rewards are these digital high rollers seeing? Here are a few:
- 2 night comp stays at all MLife properties including Aria and Vdara
- Station Casino comp rooms
- Shaq rewards
Obviously, the most valuable of the bunch are the Shaq rewards. Those are priceless. For the record, I reached out to the myVegas team about the change. Here was their response:
Here at myVEGAS we’re constantly testing new features- Rewards, pricing, etc., so that we can optimize the game experience for our players. This means that sometimes one player may have a slightly different experience than another. While these are driven by software and we aren’t able to manually manipulate a specific player’s data, since you’ve expressed interest in this Reward we’ll pass on to our partners that our players would like more of them.
I should note that I never inquired about a specific reward. I merely asked, very generally, if players who purchase chip packages have access to different rewards. This is good to know, though. myVegas actually has no control over anything, you guys. It’s all controlled by something called ‘software’. They can’t do anything about the way the game operates or what we have access to. Who even knows how ‘software’ works? Also, I do like that we get to consider pricing a “feature” of a service. The vacuum I bought yesterday had so many features: additional hoses, an elongated swivel neck for hard to reach places, and a very conveniently placed price tag.
The results of my groundbreaking investigation does not necessarily mean that spending money on the game is a good value play. As we know with the room rewards that are available to us non-paying players, the availability is limited. My advice is to play and pay based on your enjoyment of the game. Using the game simply to get a certain reward may ultimately lead to disappointment. I use myVegas to complement my planned trips; I never use it to determine my itinerary.
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