Players strapped for cash can now finally buy World of Warcraft game time with gold.
A few months ago, we heard that Blizzard was considering letting players buy game time with gold, and now, it has announced that it is planning to implement the feature in the near future. Introducing the "WoW Token" - a safe way for players to both buy in-game gold with real money, and buy additional World of Warcraft game time with in-game gold.
Confused? The easiest way to explain how the system works is with this handy little infographic Blizzard has put together:
"We've heard feedback from players that they'd be interested in a secure, legitimate way to acquire gold that doesn't involve the use of unauthorized third-party gold-selling services-one of the primary sources of account compromises," said Blizzard in an official blog post. "We also know players who've amassed large amounts of gold through regular play would be interested in the ability to trade some to other players in exchange for game time, helping cover their subscription costs."
The WoW Token does come with a few caveats. First, they can only be purchased and sold in-game through a special new "Game Time" tab on the Auction House, and once they have been sold once, they become soul-bound and cannot be traded again. The gold value of a Token will be determined dynamically based on supply and demand, and unlike other Auction House items, cannot be manually altered by the player.
Players wanting to buy Tokens with money will be able to do so through the in-game shop, although Blizzard hasn't stated exactly how much they will cost as of yet. It posted a pretty thorough F.A.Q if you still have more questions.
There's no details on when the WoW Token will hit live servers, but you can probably expect it in the very near future.