Blizzard has announced significant restrictions on WoW Tokens, specifically in their purchase. Starting November 21, you won’t be able to buy a WoW Token with gold from the Auction House or the in-game shop.
- Token Purchase Changes: Starting November 21, players can’t buy WoW Tokens with in-game gold unless they’ve purchased at least 30 days of game time with real money.
- Blizzard’s change aims to ensure a stable token market, preventing drastic price increases and maintaining fair gameplay.
- Current WoW Token holders are unaffected, but the game time acquired through tokens won’t meet the new purchasing criteria.
The feature will be completely disabled if you have not spent real money to purchase and consume at least 30 days of game time since 2017. According to Blizzard, the goal is to uphold the game’s integrity. The developers want to ensure a stable and balanced token market for players. This is aimed at preventing any excessive and unreasonable spikes in the price of WoW Tokens. To recall, in July, acquiring a single token required a payment of 420,000 gold.
“In order to preserve the integrity of the game and provide a better token market to players, with an update to World of Warcraft on Tuesday, November 21, we will enable the following restriction in this region.
Players will no longer be allowed to purchase a WoW Token from the Auction House or the in-game Shop for gold if they have not spent real money to purchase and consume at least 30 days of game time (a “Time Limited License”) since 2017.
This does not affect the consumption of existing WoW Tokens, however, game time provided by the consumption of a WoW Token does not count toward the qualification to purchase a WoW Token for gold.
After November 21, 2023, any player who cannot purchase a WoW Token for gold in-game will need to first purchase and consume at least 30 days of game time for real money. This can be done on any World of Warcraft account across the player’s Battle.net account to qualify.
Thank you.”— Blizzard
If you are among those who still have WoW Tokens in their stash, the update doesn’t affect their consumption. However, it’s worth noting that game time obtained through WoW Tokens won’t count toward meeting the new purchasing requirement.
Should you not meet the updated criteria, you will need to buy and use a 30-day game time with real money. This can be done on any World of Warcraft account connected to your Battle.net account. Upon meeting the condition, you will be able to buy WoW Tokens using in-game gold again.
The announcement has sparked divided reactions among the player base. Some are not at all happy with how things unfold. Others suggest it could be a strategic move to thwart bots and hackers from reactivating long-dormant accounts.
The rationale behind this is that players are only required to invest in a one-month subscription. After that, they can sustain their game time using the same token method all over again.
It remains to be seen how this change will affect WoW in the long run.