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Blizzard Confirms Paid WoW Leveling

Eurogamer has a statement confirming a rumor that Blizzard will begin selling the ability to boost characters to level 90 for $60.00 in World of Warcraft, their MMORPG. "We realised as soon as we came out with Warlords of Draenor boost to 90, we knew that there was going to be demand for more than 1," WoW lead encounter designer Ion Hazzikostas explained. "It's tremendously awkward to tell someone that you should buy two copies of the expansion just to get a second 90. That's odd. So we knew at that point we were going to have to offer it as a separate service." So there's their reasoning, though this raises the question of what they plan on charging for Warlords of Draenor.

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29. Re: Blizzard Confirms Paid WoW Leveling Feb 26, 2014, 09:25 Dagnamit
 
Jackplug wrote on Feb 26, 2014, 04:13:
Whats the point in playing the game if you can just pay to get what you want in it. Its not play to win anymore, its pay to win.

This is BS, WoW is certainly not pay-to-win. Getting to level 90 is not "winning" and gives no real advantage. The only thing that people are doing is buying their time back from the game. It's an odd concept, to be sure, but that's how all hardcore MMO players see it.

There's an entire black market for WoW items that people can buy that is not sanctioned by the company. If you include the black markets, every MMO is pay-to-win, but Blizzard does not run their game like that. You still have to play it, unlike MANY other similarly situated products.
 
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