A few short years ago, World of Warcraft held the market on online gaming but since then technology (and competition) has grown by leaps and bounds and the Blizzard darling has been struggling, as of late. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a great game and the numbers are still impressive but it’s not what it used to be.
One of the things that really stands out (for me) is that games like League of Legends are free (although, you can make in-game purchases) and EVE Online has long allowed you to find ways to earn your subscription costs. The WoW continuing to need a payment every month, it’s not a surprise that the number of players has dropped in favor of these more economically-friendly options.
Now, it looks like Blizzard is finally cluing in and the developers are weighing the possibility of letting players buy tokens from within the game for the purpose of trading them with others for gold.
The game’s blog explains: ”Our current thought on this is that it would give players a way to use their surplus gold to cover some of their subscription cost, while giving players who might have less play time an option for acquiring gold from other players through a legit and secure system. A few other online games offer a similar option, and players have suggested that they’d be interested in seeing something along those lines in WoW.”
Well, let’s just go ahead and point out the fact that he said “some of their subscription cost” so it seems unlikely that you will be able to play WoW entirely for free any time soon.
Do you have thoughts about this whole process? If so, please go ahead and weigh in. They have been inviting players to leave feedback on a community blog post. I left WoW a few years ago but I would give it another chance if I didn’t have to pay a monthly fee. What do you think? Will this be a game-changer?