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First Destiny, now Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 offers upgrades for cash

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Virtual currency offers a randomized chance of in-game loot

Following the introduction of the new Black Market storefront to Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, this week the official Activision blog announced it will be accepting real-world cash for in-game upgrades.

Cryptokeys are the in-game currency traded on the Black Market for supply drops, bundles of randomized loot that include cosmetic upgrades like melee weapons and taunts, but also in-game gear. Cryptokeys can be earned through play, or starting this week purchased with Call of Duty Points bought with real money.

"For fans that want to secure additional Supply Drops in multiplayer or Vials of Liquid Divinium in zombies," states the Activision blog, "we’re introducing Call of Duty Points — a new optional virtual currency for players on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Fans can now purchase Call of Duty Points and use them to acquire Rare Supply Drops in Black Ops 3."

Currently Call of Duty points are available in four different bundles, ranging from $1.99 for 200 points to $39.99 for 5,000 points. A rare supply drop or a vial will cost you 200 points.

In-game microtransactions continue to be a big money-maker for console games. An analysis by SuperData from earlier this year estimated that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare made more than $23 million in January.