PCGamingWiki:Editing guide/Monetization

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Monetization table

  • Add this table below the {{Availability}} table. The DLC table will sit below this.
  • Data should correspond with what is entered into the Taxonomy section of the {{Infobox game}}.
  • Definitions are at the bottom of this page.


|ad-supported        = 
|dlc                 = 
|expansion pack      = 
|freeware            = 
|free-to-play        = 
|sponsored           = 
|subscription        = 



  • Each statement should be referenced.
  • Each sentence should be as concise as possible, no more than one or two sentences per point.
  • Add |collapsed=yes at the end (before }} ) to have the table collapsed by default.


Category Definition Notes Examples
Ad-supported Monetized through advertisements which do not form natural part of the game, e.g. watching a video before playing, on-screen launcher ads, ads in the in-game menu system, etc.
  • Does not include games that advertise their own microtransactions.
  • NBA 2K20 video advertisements before playing a match.
DLC For the purposes of PCGamingWiki's taxonomy, 'DLC' specifically refers to medium size chunks of additional game content such as maps, levels, quests, new gameplay mechanics etc. that is normally created in addition to the game, paid for and downloaded, but less substantial than an 'expansion pack'.
  • This category could be called 'Extra gameplay', but DLC is a much more familiar term to most gamers.
  • Soundtracks do not constitute additional in-game content and should not be covered as part of this category.
  • Expansive Expansions (Expansion Packs)
  • Mass Effect 2's 'Lair of the Shadow Broker' is a purchaseable story mission with voice acting and new gameplay mechanics.
  • NieR: Automata's '3C3C1D119440927' includes three new battle arenas, three new outfits, as well as a new short side-storyline.
Expansion pack Game content which can extend the percentage of playtime substantially. Including and not limited to: large story campaigns, a large number of new maps or levels, expanded gameplay, etc.
  • As a rule of thumb PCGamingWiki considers individual DLCs or bundles of DLCs in packs that extend the playtime of the main game 'substantially' or by 40% or more as appropriate for this category.
  • In pre-digital distribution age, expansion packs were separate boxed products that may or may not require the original game to install and run.
  • Expansive Expansions (Expansion Packs)
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown's expansion is XCOM: Enemy Within, which substantially adds new content and gameplay mechanics.
  • Borderlands 3's multiple DLCs contain substantial new campaigns which are each individually large enough to constitute an expansion pack
Free-to-play Free-to-play or F2P games give players access to a significant portion of their content without paying. They might include an optional subscription, or are supported by expansion packs, DLCs, microtransactions, or advertisements.
Freeware Games that are completely free to own in their entirety.
Sponsored Sponsored content is a type of in-game advertising that forms part of the natural game experience.
  • Final Fantasy XV has a quest called The Perfect Cup which features Nissin Cup Noodles which is sponsored content that is part of the 'natural' game world.[1]
  • PC Building Simulator features real world products from companies such as Intel and AMD that are used in-game.
Subscription Game may require continuous subscription payment from a player, or a subscription offers premium features. This is distinct from subscription services which allow access to multiple games, for example EA Play.
  • World of Warcraft requires a subscription in order to play the game beyond level 20.
  • Fallout 76's subscription Fallout 1st is not required to play the full game, but offers premium features like private servers, unlocks, currency, cosmetics, etc.

DLC table

Template documentation

Syntax (base)

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Syntax (row)

{{DLC/row| Name | Notes | OS }}


Taken from Unreal

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Unreal Mission Pack 1: Return to Na Pali Included with Unreal Gold.
Unreal Fusion Map Pack Available for free. See Bonus Content.
Mac OS

The DLC table displays all official expansions/Downloadable content (DLC) for a game (content included with a patch does NOT count). The layout is very similar to the Availability table, but not as complicated.

Soundtracks are not to be listed, unless they also include some form of in-game content. They may however still be listed in the infobox under steam appid side.

DLC row breakdown

Section Definition Notes
Name The name of the expansion/DLC. Follow the naming conventions as set below.
Notes Extra information relating to the particular DLC (pricing, bundle inclusion, etc.)
OS The operating systems that the DLC is available on. Possible values are "PC booter", "DOS", "Windows 3.x", "Windows", "Mac OS", "OS X", and "Linux". Separate each OS with a comma (,).

Layout and naming conventions

Due to the countless types of DLC available, a DLC table can quickly become confusing if not formatted properly.

The following conventions should be used for all DLC tables:


  • Retail expansions (i.e. had a physical release) should have the full name used.
    • Ex. Unreal Mission Pack 1: Return to Na Pali
  • Digital expansions and addons (DLC) should have only have the sub-name used.
    • Ex. Call of Duty: Black Ops II - Revolution becomes Revolution


  • All entries should be listed from the oldest to the newest.
  • In the event of multiple expansion/DLC types, the following format should take priority over the previous rule
    • Season Pass
    • Pre-order DLC
    • Physical expansions
    • Digital expansions
    • Meta-game DLC (ex. Extra Weapons Slots)
    • New characters (with other content)
    • New weapons
    • Other customization content (not a skin)
    • New characters (no extra content)
    • Character/weapon skins
    • Everything else