Making major changes to how a free-to-play game’s cash shop operates is always going to be a controversial move. Usually there’s some good and some bad with any change, and that seems to be the case with Nexon’s latest move to make cash shop items in Riders of Icarus available to more players.

As of yesterday’s patch, RoI players can now go to Ellora’s Shop and purchase items from the NX Plus tab. As long as those items aren’t bound to a character, they can then be resold on the game’s auction house, essentially letting players exchange real money for in-game currency and letting players who don’t want to spend real money purchase items from the cash shop for in-game currency. Simple, right?

Well, not so much. Items under the NX Plus tab can only be purchased with NX Prepaid, which is different from the other real-money currency, NX Credit. And unlike NX Credit — which you can purchase using Paypal or Visa — the payment options for NX Prepaid are Karma Koin, NX Game Cards, Epin, Xsolla, and PaySafeCard. Got any of those? Me neither. Maybe you’ll have better luck finding a Karma Koin retailer near you than I did; my nearest is a bunch of Wal-marts about 150 miles away in Oklahoma.

Toss in the usual cries of “pay-to-win” and you’ve got something that suits some people while angering others. But as I said at the start, that’s usually the way things go with any F2P cash shop changes. What do you think of the move?

Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.


  1. tired of you defending the buyers using the free to play stamp. free to play is a model that cares about less fortunate gamers, you just care about the money. you should think in retire. or anyone else still needs this vicar?

    • Free 2 play technically isn’t free 2 play. The devs and publishers push micro currency or cash shops or costume shops or a optional subscription service on you. It’s why I stopped supporting free 2 play. If I continue gaming I rather get full service instead of just crap and ads and micro currency and cash shops and other stuff pushed on me.

  2. Or, instead of driving to walmart, one could simply buy the karmakoin online at GameStop site, retrieve the card code and, done. Way to research for the article.

  3. And this is why I wanna throw out all my technology especially windows 10 and live a simple life. companies make things so complicated. This is paid 2 win tatic BS in my opinion and I would throw out all my technology right now but apparently to get by you gotta use a smart phone or a computer so it’s hard to get by without one since no one does anything on paper anymore. But I don’t support this feature players would be getting rich off of gold with this.

  4. i dont see this as pay to win at all. who cares if one becomes rich of gold off this? as a free to play player i want all mmorpgs to have this feature. as mounts and inven expansion are usually cash shop items.


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