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Blizzard Makes Changes To WoW Token

Blizzard changes how buying WoW Tokens works
by Tit Krajnik on November 18, 2023   

Blizzard has announced big changes to how World of Warcraft Tokens can be purchased. With the recent update, players must first buy a real-money subscription before buying game time with WoW Tokens.


As announced on Friday, November 17, Blizzard has decided to change how buying WoW Token works. With the new update, players can no longer buy WoW Token from the Auction House or the in-game shop for in-game gold if they've not spent real money to purchase at least one 30-day subscription.

It's important to note that this change won't affect most players since it requires them to have bought at least one 30-day subscription with real money since 2017. This means that the change won't affect any player who has spent real money to purchase game time at least once in the last six years.

As it's evident, this change is just one of many Blizzard implemented to battle botting and real-world trading. WoW Token, first introduced in 2015, was one of the main tools Blizzard has used to answer third-party gold trading, allowing players to buy WoW Token for real money and then sell it on the in-game auction for gold.

WoW Token As A Tool To Battle Real-World Trading

This tool effectively allowed players to convert real-world cash for gold, making it less appealing for the players to search and use third-party gold-selling services, effectively making real-world trading legal as long as it was done by purchasing WoW Tokens.

On the other side, WoW Tokens made it possible for players to play World of Warcraft for free, as long as they were prepared to farm up gold and use it to buy WoW Tokens, which can then be converted to balance, which can be used to purchase game time.

Unfortunately, WoW Tokens also opened the doors for bot accounts, which were able ot farm gold and buy game time repeatedly, making it much easier for those bot accounts to continue to exist. In response, Blizzard implemented the recent change, which will require any accounts to have at least one real-money purchase within the last six years to be able to buy WoW Tokens.

“In order to preserve the integrity of the game and provide a better token market to players, with an update to World of Warcraft on Tuesday, November 21 we will enable the following restriction in this region.”

“Players will no longer be allowed to purchase a WoW Token from the Auction House or the in-game shop for gold if they have not spent real money to purchase and consume at least 30 days of game time since 2017.”

Ultimately, the change likely won't affect a large number of players, considering most WoW fans have spent real money to buy at least one game time within the last six years. However, it remains to be seen how effective this tool will be to battle the ongoing issues with bots.


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