Blizzard has made some curious changes to the way players can purchase game time for World of Warcraft, their old but popular MMORPG. The options to buy playtime in 30-, 90-, and 180-day prepaid chunks were removed, leaving only the 60-day option. However, of course, you will still be able to purchase a recurring monthly subscription.
WoWhead speculates that the change may be a move to combat World of Warcraft bots that use WoW Token to pay for 30-day passes; They can use their Battle.net account balances to pay for game time, but this is not accepted as a payment method. for recurring subscriptions. For their part, some players suspect this is a revenue-raising move from Activision-Blizzard, and are upset about the inability to purchase 30-day passes, particularly players who only occasionally jump into the game from time to time.
However, these players have been unlucky; in fact, they can still buy WoW’s recurring monthly subscription, at a cheaper price than the 30-day playtime pass, in fact, and then cancel it before the next month’s charges are made. to your credit or debit card.
The key here, however, is that a percentage of players who only intend to play for one month are likely to forget to cancel their subscription before being charged for the second, and then perhaps feel compelled to continue playing. .
Blizzard’s official explanation is not particularly helpful: “We recently conducted a review of the services available in all currencies,” the company wrote in an email announcement. “Based on this, we have decided to modify the Playtime options available in the Blizzard Store. As of today, the 30-, 90-, and 180-day playtime options have been removed and playtime is only available with a 60-day purchase. “
Blizzard notes that WoW token and subscription prices have not changed, and any game time already purchased will remain valid.