has word that beta invitations for World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
that were distributed by Blizzard at gaming conventions are fetching staggering
sums on eBay (thanks
), with one invite taking in over $1,000. They theorize why:
Beta keys obtained in the normal manner, by opting in to the test on the
official website, cannot be sold - they're attached to the account of the player
But the keys given out on scratch-cards at the Blizzard Worwide Invitational
event in Paris in June, and BlizzCon 2007 in Los Angeles last August, have no
such restrictions. It's these that are changing hands for serious cash.
Originally billed as beta keys "for an upcoming Blizzard title", Blizzard only
announced that these would work for the Lich King beta once it had started.
WWI keys seem to be selling at a particular premium, perhaps because they also
come with an access code for an exclusive Diablo III-themed vanity pet, Tyrael.