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. Clozer's Avatar
    Only reason they are doing this is because of the RMT that's going on there and as we all know Blizzard wants to take a part in that.
  1. Mhyroth's Avatar
    What will happen to those streamers who openly advertise it and sell those things? Also EULA I guess. LoL
  1. Cloudmaker's Avatar
    Finally! My god, thank you Blizzard for trying to restore this game! <3

    /kissie
  1. El Gucaragua's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by skello83 View Post
    as a former multiboxer man this feels good. Now you know how i did feel. TO NOT PLAY THE GAME AS YOU WANT.
    Good, multi-boxers were a cancer.
  1. Relapses's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Smith View Post
    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.
    You say that with sarcasm but there are people in this thread who believe this is precisely what happened.
  1. Thaneo's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Relapses View Post
    You say that with sarcasm but there are people in this thread who believe this is precisely what happened.
    I assume they are being sarcastic either way a good change.
  1. skello83's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Relapses View Post
    You say that with sarcasm but there are people in this thread who believe this is precisely what happened.
    ye sure, to do mythics and dungeons was cancer yeeee.......
    Thumbs down
  1. Lora's Avatar
    thats actually huge of them to stop them from doing this. we'll see if it sticks.
  1. Thes's Avatar
    I think Blizzard has now implemented pretty much all the things that I complained to them via a ticket when I took a break in 9.1 lol

    I guess there's more than a few of us

    Hope they don't do all the same mistakes again in the future
  1. varren's Avatar
    holy shit finally, better late than never I suppose. Clean up the bots and boosting bullshit, make a decent 10.0 expac, and maybe WoW can regain some dignity.
  1. MrFrag's Avatar
    Multiboxers are gone, boosting communities are gone, goldsellers next?! Blizzard might hire extra 50-100 employers if they fight with goldselling with full force. Good move Blizzard,better than nothing, keep up the fight!
  1. Christerpher's Avatar
    WTF did this take so long to do? The game will be 1000% times more bearable without all the spam.
  1. PingPong's Avatar
    so /join Trade again? or its it still going to be endless boost spam lol

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  1. Thes's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Xath View Post
    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.
    Maybe it's so high because of boost money
  1. SinR's Avatar
    I picked a hell of a time to try WoW again.

    TIME TO DUST OFF THAT RIGHT-CLICK -> REPORT BUTTON
  1. Enter Name Here's Avatar
    what worth is a policy if no one enforces it?

    i might be that they prohibit but if the tools still get spammed because the automated systems suck or there's no personell to handle that it will make them look even worse.

    i bet there will be ways to circumvent this. like buying a grey item for 50k gold right after the run
  1. Daevied's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by prwraith View Post
    Prove I'm selling it cross realm. What a toothless policy lmao
    The weekly gold mails you receive from "xxxcommunitygoldbank-yourrealm" and the random invites you get to groups xrealms probably will tell them what you were doing while they are auditing your account when someone reports you.

    Or they will just check what known boosting communities applications you have given access to your blizz account, then receive a warning and then ban you after a set period of time
  1. prwraith's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Daevied View Post
    The weekly gold mails you receive from "xxxcommunitygoldbank-yourrealm" and the random invites you get to groups xrealms probably will tell them what you were doing while they are auditing your account when someone reports you.

    Or they will just check what known boosting communities applications you have given access to your blizz account, then receive a warning and then ban you after a set period of time
    I think you vastly over-estimated how much work blizzard will put into this lol.
  1. schwarzkopf's Avatar
    Is it a coincidence that Raider.IO announces their new cross realm grouping tool at the same time this announcement happens ?
  1. korijenkins's Avatar
    "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."

    So basically it's not being removed. Groups will still do this in an organized manner, it will just be much less obvious.

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