Microsoft Dropping MS Points?

Microsoft is planning on dropping its MS Points virtual currency by the end of the year, reports Inside Mobile Apps, quoting an anonymous "source with knowledge of the company’s decision." They say this will affect online sales through Windows Phone, the Zune marketplace, and Xbox LIVE. Word is: "By the end of 2012, all transactions will be based on the region set on the purchasing account and real money will be used to purchase all Windows Phone content. The move puts the Windows Phone Marketplace in line with the purchasing practices used in the App Store and the Android Market." Thanks IndustryGamers.
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My guess is that this is two-fold. From the 3rd-Party Publisher point of view, trying to reconcile your game's DLC sales via MS Points is a nightmare when all you care about is the actual dollar value. MS Reports daily sales for your items in MS Points. Dumb. It is actually even more complicated than that, but the gritty details I'll spare you. Publishers have to wait till the end of the month to get their restatement that then reports how on how much actual money the daily reports generated. These reports used to come in by e-mail as well, but luckily MS finally got a feed for them running, but still reports MS Points (kinda).

The second reason would be, again my guess, that not only do MS Points have a different conversion value in different regions, but DLC costs different amount of points in different regions.

Example
In the US: 80 MS Points = $1
DLC for GTA4: 800 MS Points

In the UK: 111 MS Points = 1 British Pound
DLC for GTA4: 659 MS Points

Now my numbers aren't completely accurate because I'm too lazy to actually look the correct conversions up, but you get the idea. Trying to figure out how much money you made when all you are giving is points and what region the item sold in is a nightmare. Not only that, but MS doesn't take their cut from the MS Points, but rather from the final dollar value.

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