Playerunknown's recent choice to introduce microtransactions to Playerunknown's Battlegrounds has put fans into quite a tizzy. Their reactions were mostly negative, as they quoted Playerunknown's previous plan to not introduce microtransactions while the game was still in early access. He took the time today to do some clarification.
First he apologized to the fans for the improper communication of the team's intentions, as far as the crate and key system is concerned. They introduced it in early access, rather than waiting for full launch, because they wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to test it. The feedback Team Bluehole receives during this so-called “test,” will educate them on what to do with the system when the game is released.
Playerunknown made small references to the potential possibility of players being able to earn crates while playing the game. However, he also said the developmental team is still having an open conversation about the system as they move closer to launch. Currently you'll be able to get two Battle Royale themed crates for free, and the third will cost $2.50 each. Each paid crate will only include one item, so you'll be spending quite a bit if you want a full outfit from the crate. The proceeds will go to the Playerunknown's Battlegrounds tournament during Gamescom, so at least you know it's not just a cash grab.
Playerunknown also wanted to clearly state that the crate and key system is only for cosmetic items. Players who do not want to purchase anything in the game do not have to participate.
Source: Playerunknown's Battlegrounds Steam Blog