The problem with using the money to pay other players for World of Warcraft work is that you have to get money to pay them, and the way to get money is mainly through busywork. Many worlds of Warcraft players simply want to buy gold from other players in cash – a small amount of cash relative to the perceived value of the time and effort required to legally acquire gold.
Selling gold in cash has long been against the rules of the game. But that hasn’t stopped large, complex businesses from emerging to take advantage of opportunities to earn real cash. Companies that sell gold to players initially grind the game endlessly by paying extremely low wages to foreign workers, but then they start buying it in a faster, more disruptive way.
Gold sellers will use the keyboard to record malware and phishing scams to steal players’ account information, thus depriving the character of all valuable things. They use stolen accounts and player accounts that purchase “power balancing” services for “robot” resources, use automatic cheating programs to collect resources, and then they can quickly clear them at auction houses in the game. This led to a sharp fall in the price of traded goods, which affected the economy as a whole.
For more than a decade, Blizzard has been trying to stop converting real money into game gold. Clothing that sells gold to players seeking shortcuts is dark and, in some cases, criminal.
The way gold sellers use it to harvest gold causes serious damage to the game. As long as there is cash in the players’ group to pay for the demand for gold, there is no way to stop the sale of gold. However, there is a way to eliminate these parasitic and predatory businesses related to the sale of illegal gold: in April 2015, Blizzard obtained legal rights to sell gold through the wow token.
WoW tokens are very simple: you pay Blizzard $20 in tokens, and then you can sell them at in-game auction houses. Players with gold medals can buy the token and redeem it for a month’s world of Warcraft subscription time or a $15 battle.net balance, just like a gift card credit line that can be redeemed for the world of Warcraft or other Blizzard games such as hearthstone and watch the vanguard. You get their gold; they get your cash, or at least most of it.
The value of the token fluctuates over time. If a group of players wants tokens and few buy gold, the gold value of the tokens will rise. If a group wants gold, the value will fall.
But in most cases, it’s on the rise, and in the past two years, it’s gone up sharply.