Must Resist... Blizzard introduces WoW Tokens (pay for subscription w/ in-game gold)

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#1

It has finally happened. Blizzard will let you pay for subscription time with in-game gold. I did a quick read and it seems to work like so:

  1. Player A buys WoW Tokens with real money ($$$).
  2. Player A puts WoW Token in Auction.
  3. Player B buys WoW Token for X amount of gold (price dynamically determined based on supply/demand)
    4. Player A effectively bought Gold with real money, Player B effectively saved $15 real dollars by using gold to buy play time.

Needless to say, I’m on the fence (again!) about reactivating my account. Blizzard you’re evil.

Official announcement here.


#2

This seems to be the new norm in MMOing.


#3

Edit: I’m interested to see what happens to the economy. I bet buying in-game time will cost far more than just outright paying for a sub. Or players won’t even do it, because some jerk is going to come in and completely crash the market, buying all the tokens and then re-listing them.


#4

I doubt it, that wasn’t feasible in a smaller title like Wildstar which had the same system and I doubt anyone has enough gold to truly pull a stunt like that. For note: I had an active subscription for 7 months in Wildstar and never actually paid for it with my money, and I wasn’t alone; I think it’s a smart business move because those that are able to pay via in-game money will actually earn Blizzard more money than if they paid out of pocket since it’s a $15 item whereas monthly cost is much lower if you pay for several months at a time :wink:


#5

They will be soulbound once purchased. This will not happen


#6

This guy over here with his massive logical thinking :wink:

Side Note: Not sure why I didn’t think of that. #feelsdumb lol


#7

lol, no i just read it on GameSpot, I didn’t mean to sound so robotic!

Also: I wish they had this like…5 years ago on WoW…I would have gotten back into it then.


#8

I think it will drive sub numbers up, which is the point. If you play the AH right you can make a lot of gold, (though with garrisons i see it being less of a thing in a lot of cases.) This should let folks convert from Starter edition to sub edition without having to sell boxes, or game cards,.


#9

I think more than just driving subs up, this is a way to curb sub attrition. I was not willing to pay monthly for Wildstar, but if all I had to do was play enough to pay for my subscription in-game, I was sold. @PreshusKitty and I were both in that boat, and neither of us ever paid our sub out of pocket. I bet some of the people who come back for expansions and then leave again when they wrap the content might stick around a bit longer, possibly indefinitely, based on this new structure.


#10

Could this be an option for people who play more casually or more for the hardcore? I suppose even casually it would be like a BOGO if you can make enough gold and only have to pay a few months out of the year.


#11

Probably. If there’s nothing else you need to drop cash-money on in game why not save it up and treat yo self to a free month once in a while :wink:


#12

Treat yo self! The best day of the year!


#13

If I dive back into it I’ll just blame it on research for Strats and report back my findings over here. I can’t be at peace with myself knowing that I willingly succumbed to the drug that is WoW.


#14

I know the feeling…my friends who just moved near me both play WoW all the time. When they come over I see them playing and I’m like get that away from me! I’ve been clean for 4 years! But nevertheless, I’m sure I will fall back into the promise that is WoW, and my wife will be ashamed of me for caving. :frowning: But at least I would be in a blissful state and ignorant of the passage of time / responsibility. Lolz


#15

This is a great move by blizzard, which will encourage greater participation in WoW.