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. matheney2k's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Zan15 View Post
    No, booster communities are going to just create guilds on the server. Nothing says they need to either be a good raiding guild, an actual raiding guild, or even the guild that in the end does the sales run.

    So tell me what will the hundreds of guilds do now? Just give up that revenue stream? Or are they all going to try to take it on individually increasing the # of people spamming trade chat?
    What you said here is a farcry from what you claimed in the last post. Let them make a guild and do it that way whatever. Guilds have boosted since Vanilla. Hell I myself used to boost (we called it carries back then) ppl for Ulduar mounts and HLK kills. But a guild making a profit for itself or its members on the side is completely different from what was taking place with those communities

    Does this 100% stop all boosting from ever taking place? No of course not.
    Was it a positive thing/change for the game? You bet your pink panties it was!
    Should all boosting be stomped out 100% of the game? Not in my opinion.
  1. Strawberry's Avatar
    Got me scared there a bit.
    Fortunately I pay for my boosts with real money, so no damage done there.
  1. Mardux's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by matheney2k View Post
    Lol what a take. Booster communities are going to multiply magically and spread like a virus to each server you say?

    Well ok.

    (Hint: their members are finite)
    Lol. Booster communities already have guilds established on the majority of battlegroups. I'm not sure where you have been for the last 15 years or so, but you can't trade gold cross-group. They don't need to "multiply magically and spread like a virus". They are already established.

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