Blizzard is Pursuing Microtransactions for World of Warcraft
Blizzard has long been averse to implementing microtransactions into World of Warcraft, although it has had no problem doing so with Diablo 3, through the game’s real money auction house.
The studio may be considering revising its stance on microtransactions in the popular MMORPG, according to a post on the game’s official forums, Battle.net, where a community representative Jonathan Brown mentioned the possibility of making real-money purchases directly through the game.
“We are currently exploring the possibility of adding a way for players in certain regions to make purchases directly within the game,” wrote Brown (via Polygon). “As part of this process, elements related to this will be appearing on the PTR. We’ll provide additional updates on our plans as development progresses.”
Word of the microtransactions first surfaced when players discovered the existence of a spell that could boost in-game experience points—it’s typical for other games with microtransactions to offer such services.
The development may be seen as a worrying step for the company to take with World of Warcraft.