WoW Paid Customization Coming

WorldOfWar.Net has a tidbit from BlizzCon, where Jay Allen Brack was asked about indications from World of Warcraft game files that paid character customization may be coming to Blizzard's MMORPG. After seeming to avoid the question at first, he eventually confirmed that paid-for character customization is indeed in the works, though no further details are provided.
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This reeks of nothing more than a money making scheme. Lets do some math.

WoW has 10 million subscribers. At $14/month that's 140 million a month, or 1.7 billion per year. Lets throw out a ridiculous number and say they pay 250 employees $100k/year to work on WoW. That's a $25 million annual payroll. All those GMs must cost a lot. Lets overpay them and give them $5 million a month. We'll be kind and throw in another 5 million for health coverage and operating expenses. The servers require a lot of bandwidth and certainly maintenance. 5 million per month should be more than enough. That's $70 million a year.

$1.7 Billion / year coming in
-$25 million / year in payroll and services
-$5 million / year for GMs
-$5 million / year for perks
-70 million / year for servers and bandwidth

That still leaves $1.6 billion / year. Screw you Blizzard/EA. Someone is cashing in.

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