‘World of Warcraft’ Free-To-Play Token System Out This Week, Details Revealed

World of Warcraft players can pick up WoW Tokens beginning on April 7 if they are playing from the Americas region. Blizzard Entertainment, the developer of the hugely popular massively multiplayer online game, made the announcement today on the official World of Warcraft website.

The WoW Token lets players trade game time for gold and vice versa. Players with extra real money can purchase a Token for $20 from the World of Warcraft in-game store. At the time of purchase, the player is told how much the Tokens are currently selling for and how long it might take for the Token to move. They can then list the Token in a special section of the in-game auction house. A different player can then pick up the WoW Token from the auction house for gold, essentially extending their subscription for free.

Up until this point, Blizzard had simply stated that the developer would set the gold price for the Token’s release but had not confirmed the starting price. Today, a starting gold price was announced, and players can expect 30,000 gold in the Americas region for the sale of a World of Warcraft Token. This value will change the minute players start buying and selling Tokens, of course, based on supply and demand.

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World of Warcraft Tokens

Before diving in, there are a few important details on the WoW Token that players might need to know. World of Warcraft Tokens do not have a deposit cost when posting them on the auction house, and the Tokens never expire. Inactive players can buy Tokens from the auction house from the character selection screen. Blizzard even posted a handy video showing an inactive player doing this for reference.

At this time, only 10 Tokens can be purchased during a one-month period. Players from all of the servers in the Americas region share a World of Warcraft Token auction house. That means players from North America, Latin America, Australia, and New Zealand will all contribute to the buying and selling of WoW Tokens with each other.

The Inquisitr recently reported on the WoW Token release window and how the new item functions within the game. Blizzard has stuck to the tentative timeline and officially confirmed the Token’s gold value with the announcement. By earning gold in-game and using it to buy game time, players will basically be playing World of Warcraft for free.

World of Warcraft players, will you be utilizing the WoW Token in any way?

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