A video game’s revenue model is basically how it makes money. Just like a business, a game needs to earn revenue to pay for its creation and hopefully make some profit too.
There are different ways games can make money. Some games you pay for upfront, kind of like buying a movie ticket – you pay once, and then you can play the game as much as you want. Other games offer things you can buy while playing, like special items or extra levels. These are called in-game purchases.
Then there are games that charge you a subscription fee, sort of like paying for a streaming service every month. And finally, some games make money by showing ads while you’re playing.
Deciding how to make money from a game is a big decision for developers. They have to think about what players will be willing to pay for and what will keep them coming back to play more. It’s like figuring out the best way to run a business while still making sure players have a great time playing the game.