Blizzard announced new changes regarding its purchasable game time available on the Blizzard Store. To raise awareness, this doesn’t change the current subscription model, which will still be available for the same price, but only changes the purchasable game time itself. So far, there was only 30, 60, 120 days of game time available to purchase. Now, there’s only 60-day game time available to purchase for $29.99, with both the 30 days and 120 day game time no longer available as an option.
However, these players aren’t out of luck – in fact, they can still purchase the recurring monthly WoW subscription – at a cheaper price than the 30-day game time pass, in fact – then cancel it before the next month’s charges are made to their credit or debit card.
Of course, if you prefer playing only 30 days at a time and don’t wish to partake in the token economy, you do have the option to subscribe for 30 days and then cancel the subscription immediately (you lose nothing by doing so). It’s an extra step you didn’t need to do before (and thus by definition an annoyance), but at least you’re still able to maintain your desired play interval.
Even if Blizzard is just adjusting to the industry standard, it’s easy to see why having fewer payment options is frustrating. One thing to take into account is that buying game time (or a subscription) at a larger increment rewards you with a hefty discount. Buying game time in a lump of 180 days would save you about $25 as opposed to paying monthly. But because that’s still a lot of money (180 days is about $75), it’s natural that some players wouldn’t want to commit to a subscription where they might forget to cancel when that six months is up. At the same time, other commenters are pointing out that you can immediately cancel a subscription after buying it and it only takes a few seconds. Sure, it’s an extra step, but it’s a pretty harmless way of avoiding an unwanted charge.
Blizzard’s official explanation isn’t particularly helpful: “We recently conducted a review on the available services in all currencies”, the company wrote in an email announcement. “Based on this, we have decided to alter the available Game Time options in the Blizzard Shop. As of today, the Game Time options of 30, 90, and 180 days have been removed and Game Time is only available as a purchase of 60 Days.”
It must be noted, though, that removing most of the game time options limits your ability to use your Battle.net Balance to purchase game time, as that balance can’t be used to pay for subscriptions. So unless you’re willing to only play in 60 day intervals, you may not want to build up your available funds for game time anymore.
In WoW Gold has become the constant thing many gamers look at when they open up their bags. Having a few hundred to spare makes you feel comfortable to buy what you need in-game. In classic WoW, there is no token fortunately yet for anyone to buy since it would nearly ruin the economy and spirit of the game. Tokens are just one of the many factors that led to the decline of retail WoW. Gold is such an essential currency in the game since it can give you an advantage in almost every aspect of it. Whether you are raiding, PVPing, or just leveling up gold can make it easier for you. Buying the best gear, potions, enchantments, mounts, and pets can make your character feel like its a high warlord. Now the problem is getting Vanilla WOW Gold all the time becomes impossible with all the patches Blizzard releases and the lack of time most gamers have these days.Just watch out as this game can become a grind with all the leveling and gold farming, so be sure to check out z2u.com for some awesome deals to make your gaming time more efficient.