Policy Update for Organized In-Game Services - January 2022
Boosting Communities are no longer allowed in-game, even when offering services for gold.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
As the conditions change by which various entities operate in World of Warcraft, we are compelled to update our policies to further our goal of making the gameplay experience as fair and welcoming as possible. Since we last updated our policies, we have found that an increasing disturbance of the gameplay experience has been caused by organizations excessively advertising various non-traditional services in-game.

As of today, we will now prohibit organizations who offer boosting, matchmaking, escrow, or other non-traditional services, including those offered for gold. World of Warcraft accounts found to be in violation of this policy are subject to account actions. These actions can include warnings, account suspensions and, if necessary, permanent closure of the disruptive World of Warcraft account(s). Organizations operating across multiple realms and excessively advertising non-traditional in-game sales are contrary to the terms and conditions of the Blizzard End-User License Agreement (EULA).

This policy update does not restrict individuals or guilds from using the provided in-game tools (“trade channel” chat) to buy or sell in-game items or activities for in-game currency. However, “boosting communities”, especially those who operate across multiple realms, are no longer permitted.

We urge all such organizations to cease doing business in World of Warcraft immediately, in order to maintain uninterrupted access to the game.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
I believe cross-realm boosting is disallowed, unless I read it wrong.

Organizations who disruptively advertise across all realms and establish escrow services are the primary target of this policy update. Guilds and individuals who are inviting players from another realm to join them in traditional game activities in exchange for gold are allowed, as they were before.

Would that include things like GDKP runs? Where players benefit financially off other people?

That depends on the definition of “financially”. If it means an exchange of gold only without a middleman entity, then it sounds like the same sort of guild activities players have been enjoying for 17 years, which are not the focus of this policy update.
This article was originally published in forum thread: Policy Update for Organized In-Game Services -- January 2022 started by Stoy View original post
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  1. Huntaer's Avatar
    About time.
    My problem isn't necessarily with boosting and boosters, but when I get tired of them and put them on my ignore list, they come back with a different level 1 character. That's where I draw the line.
    Stay the fuck on my ignore list.
  1. Puri's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Unholyground View Post
    Well, Microsoft is almost defiantly going to get rid of it once they add WoW to gamepass which is going to 100% happen, you would be foolish to think otherwise. Microsoft will not keep the token in the game when it gets added to gamepass, pretty much guarantee it since it will have no function, they will grandfather anyone in who has tokens but no new ones will be able to be purchased. So this way people who own them don't have to pay for gamepass they can just use the rest of their tokens first.
    Why would you even think that? Why don't you think that they let people buy the gamepass for ingame tokens, a system that is established and literally turns 13 euros into 15 for them?
  1. Xath's Avatar
    This is utterly moronic unless they also plan to stop the absurd consumable and gold requirements early on. A week 1 max level base lego is easily over a mil in terms of cost.

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    All this is going to do is create more trade chat spam and open players up to being scammed much more easily without verification tools.
  1. Relapses's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Unholyground View Post
    Nope, they plan on phasing out games with gold and then they want to add as much value to ultimate as they can so people buy ultimate over regular. If a price increase happens it will be tiny.
    Neither of us have any idea how the MS acquisition will impact WoW's subscription. Personally, having worked in the cable industry and having seen firsthand how subscription models work, I think it's more likely that MS will go the traditional route already proven by cable companies to be insanely profitable but you're free to speculate on your own. In any case, I still don't see them phasing out the token.
  1. Daedius's Avatar
    Soon MS will offer their own boosting services.
  1. Gorsameth's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Unholyground View Post
    Well, Microsoft is almost defiantly going to get rid of it once they add WoW to gamepass which is going to 100% happen, you would be foolish to think otherwise. Microsoft will not keep the token in the game when it gets added to gamepass, pretty much guarantee it since it will have no function, they will grandfather anyone in who has tokens but no new ones will be able to be purchased. So this way people who own them don't have to pay for gamepass they can just use the rest of their tokens first.
    What does Tokens have to do with Gamepass?
    If WoW gets added to gamepass (certainly possible) then its no different from having a subscription through Blizzard now. Doesn't mean tokens need to go away as a separate way to pay for your subscription, a separate way that earns them more money then the actual subscription does.
  1. Mokrath's Avatar
    This is something I've been personally advocating for on the official forums for a while.
    Selling carries is fine, if it's being done by the people or guild who are doing the actual carry.
    Having some multi-realm "community" selling carries across every single server and moving billions of gold around is not.
    Glad they finally updated the policy. Might be able to sell stuff in trade chat again, like battle pets, instead of fighting with undercutters for 2-3 weeks.
  1. Zalraki's Avatar
    Oh noes, I'm absolutely sure there's no way to get around this limitation through clever use of wording and communication channels

    No way at all
  1. Snorlax's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Zalraki View Post
    Oh noes, I'm absolutely sure there's no way to get around this limitation through clever use of wording and communication channels

    No way at all
    Yeah they need to go all the way and completely ban it if they actually want anything to change.
  1. verylargeprime's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Zalraki View Post
    Oh noes, I'm absolutely sure there's no way to get around this limitation through clever use of wording and communication channels

    No way at all
    Nothing's perfect, and in situations like this it's always an arms race.

    But any organization large enough to have a significant negative impact on the quality of the game experience is going to have to operate at a scale which is impossible to hide behind "clever use of wording and communication channels." Too much money is changing hands for there to be any real, legal ambiguity about what's happening.

    This will effectively kill large-scale boosting operations. Who cares if a few guilds here and there get away with running some small-time gigs?
  1. BetterGameDev's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Relapses View Post
    MS hasn't even bought the fucking company yet. The deal isn't proposed to go through until sometime next year. MS's intention to buy Blizzard had absolutely zero influence on this decision.

    No proof about this neither, they could have done months ago or literally after purging Gallywix.

    They are doing after the, and i repeat, decision from MS to buy and still isn't finalized.


    [Wrong again. We have confirmation from people within boosting communities that even if everybody RMT'd the boosts that it'd effectively only equal a few million dollars. Sounds like a lot but when you account for the hundreds of millions of dollars Blizzard makes through subscriptions alone its a drop in the bucket and hardly "the second if not first source of profit for Blizzard."

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    Source? In Gallywix EU we reached 4 billions gold before the purge and there wasn't only Gallywix as community and we are not even taking into consideration, other communities, random boosting in LFG.
    Could be even the third source of money but that means Tokens is 1 or 2 and that is pretty obvious.[/COLOR]

    Gallywix was only banned because they were pretty obvious about the RMT shit they were doing. Boosting communities since the fall of Gallywix now have one to two layers of culpable deniability behind their RMT boosts, though you are (regrettably) correct that this change does little to address this.

    OFC was banned only due to Tolls RMT and other shady stuff because boosting = more tokens sold and that was fine until.now for Blizzard.

    This is very misplaced cynicism because it's incredibly, hopelessly and impossibly hypocritical. If Blizzard does nothing, you give them shit for "supporting" boosting communities. If they ban boosting communities, you still give them shit because "the damage is already done." It's almost like you have no idea what you actually want Blizzard to do, you just wanted to use this as an opportunity to share your super unique opinion that they didn't do enough.

    So while this update doesn't do a whole lot to change the overall landscape of boosting in WoW, you have to, at the very least, admit that it's a step in the right direction.

    From my pov boosting is fine, it was fine pre token during MoP because was a feeble "thing" and technically atm systems like M+ and AOTC achiv + dumb mindset from pugs that want always overheated people carrying their asses or people quitting keys etc etc

    Literally makes boosting appetibile if not necessary if you are a casual that want to play without getting an headache.

    Also the only issue I see atm is the insane Trade and LFG spam that makes unbearable staying in cities.
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    Next step should be GDKP or GDKP will make their appearance in Retail and bam bots.
  1. Kallisto's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Unholyground View Post
    Well, Microsoft is almost defiantly going to get rid of it once they add WoW to gamepass which is going to 100% happen, you would be foolish to think otherwise. Microsoft will not keep the token in the game when it gets added to gamepass, pretty much guarantee it since it will have no function, they will grandfather anyone in who has tokens but no new ones will be able to be purchased. So this way people who own them don't have to pay for gamepass they can just use the rest of their tokens first.
    I don't know why you and others think WoW is going to go on the gamepass. In most of the world, ESO isn't even on there. Might wow go on the gamepass? yes it's possible, is it a guarantee? Not in the slightest.
  1. Archmage Alodi's Avatar
    Hopefully they'll actually ban people for it, unlike multiboxers who are still running around.
  1. TomBrokovski's Avatar
    Correct me if I'm wrong but this doesn't sound like boosting is banned, only big discord organizations. But guilds can still sell boosts (many of them already left boosting communities who were taking large cuts from them), and for pvp high ranked pvpers can just solo advertise how they've always been doing. Doesn't really seem like much has changed. I'd be glad if boosting was a bannable offense, but this isn't actually about boosting as much as it is boosting communities pissing Blizzard off so much with blatant RMT that they were finally banned.
  1. Wries's Avatar
    We'll see how easy this will be to enforce.

    Good news for us who can think of boosting +15s but don't want be take part of a "boosting community" that takes a cut while contributing pretty little all things considered. You just couldn't compete with their level of spam in tradechat.
  1. roboscorcher's Avatar
    I used to sell Stratholme boosts in TBC classic. By myself, in LFG chat. No external community.

    Is this practice banned now?
  1. Wries's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by roboscorcher View Post
    I used to sell Stratholme boosts in TBC classic. By myself, in LFG chat. No external community.

    Is this practice banned now?
    No. Just the cross realm organisations that work like companies. You know.. "for gold".

    But for sure there will be people confused by this, think all boosting is banned and proceed with illegitemate mass reporting.
  1. TomBrokovski's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by roboscorcher View Post
    I used to sell Stratholme boosts in TBC classic. By myself, in LFG chat. No external community.

    Is this practice banned now?
    This policy update does not restrict individuals or guilds from using the provided in-game tools
    sounds like you are fine as long as you dont excessively spam for it. this change is aimed more at communities like huokan that were infamous for clogging up multiple servers trade chats with 5-10 people spamming the same messages on timers over and over again. individually, they were waiting so each one wasnt spamming but they timed it together so that nobody else could advertise in trade chat.
  1. Mr. Smith's Avatar
    I'd like to believe that Phil Spencer spent 70 billion dollars to buy out Activision Blizzard, all in an extremely convoluted plan to finally clean up Trade Chat.
  1. prwraith's Avatar
    Prove I'm selling it cross realm. What a toothless policy lmao

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