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Blizzard on Gold Sales

The World of Warcraft Website has some thoughts on Blizzard's stance on gold selling, following the announcement of the Guardian Cub item that will facilitate cash for gold transactions:

With all that in mind, we come to the new tradable Guardian Cub pet. By letting players trade this pet, we’re giving those who want to participate in the Pet Store without spending real money a way to buy the pet with gold instead. This also means that players can buy one for the purpose of trying to sell it in-game, creating the potential for players to exchange real money for gold in a way that does not lead to account compromises. Of course, all that comes with the pretty important caveat that demand for the pet will be finite, and there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to find a buyer.

While this one little pet can never come close to “solving” the above issues with third-party gold selling and account compromises, it may help us determine whether we’re able address these ongoing problems in a safe, creative way that ultimately has a positive impact on the game experience overall. Our hope is that through all of our increased efforts we can make World of Warcraft a safer, more secure, and more enjoyable game for all of our players.

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7. Re: Blizzard on Gold Sales Oct 21, 2011, 22:36 JohnBirshire
 
Best way to put the gold sellers out of business is by making it a feature of your game.

I am very angry with Blizzard about this. They pretty much lead the charge against in-game items for real money, even going so far as to get Ebay to ban all "intellectual property" sales, even for games that didn't mind *Asheron's Call", or even supported it *Ultima Online*. Then several years later they change their minds and implement it into their games. Just a bunch of hypocrites.
 
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6. Re: Blizzard on Gold Sales Oct 21, 2011, 17:03 Ravor
 
Best way to put the gold sellers out of business is by making it a feature of your game.  
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5. Re: Blizzard on Gold Sales Oct 21, 2011, 16:01 Halo
 
Yearly subs to WOW get Diablo III for free though, guess it almost paid off =\.  
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4. Re: Blizzard on Gold Sales Oct 21, 2011, 15:56 nin
 
Alamar wrote on Oct 21, 2011, 15:27:
I always said I would stop playing WoW when something better came along... Nothing has... But I did stop playing a while back... Just can't get back into it...

Am (now) looking forward to SWTOR, and have always been looking forward to GW2.

-Alamar


I think todays WOW announcements have pretty much cemented my swap to TOR...

 
http://store.nin.com/index.php?cPath=10
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3. Re: Blizzard on Gold Sales Oct 21, 2011, 15:27 Alamar
 
I always said I would stop playing WoW when something better came along... Nothing has... But I did stop playing a while back... Just can't get back into it...

Am (now) looking forward to SWTOR, and have always been looking forward to GW2.

-Alamar
 
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2. Re: Blizzard on Gold Sales Oct 21, 2011, 11:22 Verno
 
People still play WoW?

I don't really know anyone who does anymore but I do know plenty of people who are probably too stupid to notice that it's still coming off their credit card every month.
 
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1. Re: Blizzard on Gold Sales Oct 21, 2011, 11:02 Angrius Maximis
 
People still play WoW? Oh yeah the Asians  
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