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Coming Soon: WoW Token - In-Game Subscription Currency

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After years of issues with gold selling in WoW and an emerging market for in-game resale of game time subscription cards, Blizzard is firing back with an official item - purchasable through the in-game Shop - that can be bought and sold for WoW gold on the Auction House.

 

The complete announcement on WoW Tokens can be found over on the WoW blog. At this point, the important takeaways are as follows:

 

1. Players can purchase WoW Tokens at a fixed real-money price through the in-game shop.

 

2. Once purchased, the WoW Tokens can be placed on the Auction House for sale.

 

3. WoW Tokens bought off the Auction House become soulbound, preventing any gaming of the market.

 

4. The in-game gold price of the WoW Token will be determined dynamically, based upon supply and demand, by the server. You cannot artificially raise or lower the price/value of the Token - you will be quoted the amount of gold you will receive for selling one at the time of listing your auction. All Tokens will be available at the current dynamic market price when you visit the Auction House.

 

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WoW Tokens are only available in 30-day denominations at this time. Tokens do not expire and cannot be deleted.

 

More information is coming soon, including a time frame for the WoW Token to launch. We will provide an update as soon as we know any additional details.

 

Will you be using your out-of-game money to support your WoW habits by selling Tokens? Are you a gold baron who will never pay a dollar for your WoW subscription again? Or are you simply not planning on utilizing the new Token system? Let us know your thoughts.

 

The WoW Token is Blizzard's answer to gold selling and in-game subscription time transactions.

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I think it will be good in the long run.  I was really dubious of the inv_pet_wingedlion.jpgGuardian Cub and that hasn't really become a major issue.

 

Ultimately players have, and will buy game time using in game gold.

 

Personally I would rather the source was Blizzard and the "profit" went to them rather than a 3rd party that cheats / hacks for profit.

 

Some countries in Europe have to pay over the odds for game cards and game time - this should be a great way for them to get value for money.

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In general I'm fond of this and think it's a good idea. Many of my WoW friends are stupid wealthy in game but struggle in their real lives. Many have to unsub for months at a time until their finances stabilize. I think its great that they will be able to buy a couple months to hold them over with their mountains of gold. 

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I wonder how much one of these tokens will cost.  People who have max gold can easily just buy tokens and never have to pay for subscription EVER. I just hope the prices remain in a affordable range for players that spent 2-4 hours a day.

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I'm super excited at the idea. I know I'm an isolated case, because I spend so much time on the PTR and beta servers that I never find it in me to spend more time playing my real account properly. As a result, I am always low on gold and this will be the perfect way for me to get some tongue.png

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I'm super excited at the idea. I know I'm an isolated case, because I spend so much time on the PTR and beta servers that I never find it in me to spend more time playing my real account properly. As a result, I am always low on gold and this will be the perfect way for me to get some tongue.png

 

Depending on cost I might finally be able to get my Grand Expedition Yak :D

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So I just found out about this and I'm psyched. I have said for years blizzard needed to set up some gold selling service. Now they found their way.

I have often had to stop playing for a while because I had no money. This ensures anyone can play even when these players have no money at any given point.

I'll definately be using this

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does anyone have any ideas on what the worth of a token would be in gold on AH and as cash to be brought in the first place?

 

you would expect about the same as a months subrscription right?

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does anyone have any ideas on what the worth of a token would be in gold on AH and as cash to be brought in the first place?

 

you would expect about the same as a months subrscription right?

 

To keep regular subscription purchases attractive, the Token will likely be a slight price premium over standard subscriptions, analogous maybe to the cost of purchasing a game time card or equivalent. So, for 30 days, let's say $20 USD or thereabouts.

 

Blizzard isn't hurt by the sale of in-game Tokens, since 100% of them that enter the economy are purchased with real money to begin with, so their in-game value just needs to be competitive with the established value of gold. A range of 25,000-50,000 gold per token, based on scarcity, seems likely.

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4. The in-game gold price of the WoW Token will be determined dynamically, based upon supply and demand, by the server. You cannot artificially raise or lower the price/value of the Token - you will be quoted the amount of gold you will receive for selling one at the time of listing your auction. All Tokens will be available at the current dynamic market price when you visit the Auction House.

 

If it's dynamic by supply and demand, do you think it will matter by server?

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If it's dynamic by supply and demand, do you think it will matter by server?

 

Sorry, poor phrasing. What I said/meant was "by the server", meaning it is calculated by the auction system on a per region basis in real time.

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Anyone else noticed an increase of "gold sellers" spamming their trade chats?

 

Looks like they are getting nervous!  

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