Recent Actions Against ToU Violations

General
We’ve recently taken action against a number of accounts that were actively participating in and/or advertising the sale of in-game raid or dungeon clears in exchange for real-world currency. Such behavior is a clear violation of the World of Warcraft Terms of Use.

Additionally, we’ve issued smaller actions against players who were found to be sharing account details in order to gain a competitive advantage during raid progression. Account sharing of any kind is against the World of Warcraft Terms of Use, and will not be tolerated. While the penalties applied as part of these actions were relatively minor, we intend to apply much harsher penalties for such behavior in the future.

As a reminder, in order to ensure fair play and competitive integrity, we closely monitor these and other activities that violate the Terms of Use. This includes selling in-game services for real money, exchanging accounts or characters, and similar violations done with the intention of gaining a competitive advantage in raid progression (such as the purchase or transfer of geared characters or accounts between owners).

Note that while selling assistance with obtaining items, achievements, PvP rating, or other in-game benefits for real-world currency is against the Terms of Use, selling those things in exchange for in-game gold is perfectly legitimate. Players should not feel as though participating in a “gold run” is going to result in negative action taken against their account.
Didn't even care to spell out the "Terms of Use" like in the title of the US post.
The post about forum communication inequality was right!

I joke I joke...
(ᵔᴥᵔ) yeah yeah no account share is okay (ᵔᴥᵔ)
Quite the joke that you take actions against account sharing this expansion, and just now in ToS, when it has been used by all the top competitors for world first in the past.
Every guild in the Top20 has done it at some point especially during this expansion, and now you ban people?
You didn't ban any of the Top 3 during the race in Nighthold when they did it, but now it's bad again? I wonder why that is. Is it because in ToS the Top 3 didn't need to anymore and you have your rolemodels?
Don't you guys worry. The top players got their bans revoked.
Not becuase they didn't break the rules though.

The US guild Limit is a good example. You can get away with everything if you know the right people.
Yet, some specific guilds are not getting punished at all, and now some bans are getting revoked?

Meanwhile, people get harsher punishment for "clever use of game mechanics" or for saying a bad word in trade.
It's ok when ***h*d does it.
10/08/2017 02:24Posted by Smashkeshi
(ᵔᴥᵔ) yeah yeah no account share is okay (ᵔᴥᵔ)

Thats actually not quite right. Afaik your kid is allowed to play your account?
10/08/2017 01:44Posted by Lore
Note that while selling assistance with obtaining items, achievements, PvP rating, or other in-game benefits for real-world currency is against the Terms of Use, selling those things in exchange for in-game gold is perfectly legitimate. Players should not feel as though participating in a “gold run” is going to result in negative action taken against their account.


This is simply a nonsense considering you can buy gold with real money as well as real money (subscription/balance) with gold. It basically reads as "this behavior should be illegal because it hurts game, yet we'll keep it legal as long as we have profit".

GG
10/08/2017 05:24Posted by Maslenka
10/08/2017 01:44Posted by Lore
Note that while selling assistance with obtaining items, achievements, PvP rating, or other in-game benefits for real-world currency is against the Terms of Use, selling those things in exchange for in-game gold is perfectly legitimate. Players should not feel as though participating in a “gold run” is going to result in negative action taken against their account.


This is simply a nonsense considering you can buy gold with real money as well as real money (subscription/balance) with gold. It basically reads as "this behavior should be illegal because it hurts game, yet we'll keep it legal as long as we have profit".

GG


This comment right here !! Somebody could say "Hey for 400k Gold we will boost you through Mythic ToS and give you all the gear etc. etc." but you don't have 400k Gold so you go and drop 40 Euro on 2 tokens, wait for them to sell and transfer the gold to said Boost Seller. Said boost seller could go and buy 2 tokens off the AH and convert push them into their Blizzard balance. While it is not quite a Real World currency trade it is fairly close as real world currency is involved in some way, and Blizzard profit from this in some way.

And these bans are frivolous, because the Top guilds have been doing these things for ages and for most of Legion and they were "publicly" banned while in the background were given a small slap on the wrist and un-banned. If you are not a top level World First Race guild however, you will not be un-banned at all. The special treatment afforded is frankly appalling and the double-standards are clear fall all to see. It is just a futile attempt to "placate the masses". Leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

*spelling and grammar edit. It was early :P
Blizzard, i need an answer. Lets say some guy sell ToS raid for gold or something like this, and lets say he asks 10k gold for the run. But in reality you also pay him real money. You talked all details on skype before this and everything is good etc. So you have 10k gold + some real money on your paypal. How will you counter this? Is there any gold price that counts to be true? And how will you prouve he is selling for money? Maybe he's just a retard who sells anything for 5kgold? Cuz there is no official blizzard gold prices for the ingame stuff. Or its just me who had figured out this simple trick in 3 minutes after reading this blue post? It's just seems to me that you guys trying to show ppl on forum that if you dumb anough to type in lfg chat "Selling Guldan mount for 300$" you will be banned. So stop b8llsh1ting ppl, if you were realy banning for things thats in your post, holy 5h1t mate, the game would be dead empty already.
10/08/2017 01:44Posted by Lore
Note that while selling assistance with obtaining items, achievements, PvP rating, or other in-game benefits for real-world currency is against the Terms of Use, selling those things in exchange for in-game gold is perfectly legitimate. Players should not feel as though participating in a “gold run” is going to result in negative action taken against their account.

cool yet people still wintrade at mornings (hey borugg) for titles (r1) and still get those titles without any consequences
btw double sub rogues kill in 2 seconds of cheap shot and if they dont, they just vanish sap every eye until u lose anyway
ur a joke
10/08/2017 01:44Posted by Lore
Note that while selling assistance with obtaining items, achievements, PvP rating, or other in-game benefits for real-world currency is against the Terms of Use, selling those things in exchange for in-game gold is perfectly legitimate. Players should not feel as though participating in a “gold run” is going to result in negative action taken against their account.


The best way to solve the "assistance" problem and to increase your company's income from selling gold is to

---> remove "SOULBOUND" <---

from everything except maybe for legendaries.
Soulbound has never made any sence anyways.
And to keep players' interest in farming same content over and over you can add item upgrades that can make gear from ALL the expansions relevant and strong for current content.

You can even use timewalking mechanics for that.
Say, you want a trinket from Onyxia? Sure, make a raid and kill her with timewalking downscale to your character. Play boss mechanics properly like in Vanilla, get your trinket, then clear Blackwing Lair to get upgrade token for Onyxia trinket and make it 930+

Just imagine how the ENTIRE content will become relevant again.
(I always struggled to understand how on earth the almighty Deathwing can die from a peasant that just got 110)
10/08/2017 08:08Posted by Желтыйпро
Blizzard, i need an answer. Lets say some guy sell ToS raid for gold or something like this, and lets say he asks 10k gold for the run. But in reality you also pay him real money. You talked all details on skype before this and everything is good etc. So you have 10k gold + some real money on your paypal. How will you counter this? Is there any gold price that counts to be true? And how will you prouve he is selling for money? Maybe he's just a retard who sells anything for 5kgold? Cuz there is no official blizzard gold prices for the ingame stuff. Or its just me who had figured out this simple trick in 3 minutes after reading this blue post? It's just seems to me that you guys trying to show ppl on forum that if you dumb anough to type in lfg chat "Selling Guldan mount for 300$" you will be banned. So stop b8llsh1ting ppl, if you were realy banning for things thats in your post, holy 5h1t mate, the game would be dead empty already.

And how that help you with account sharing? When people buy something like mythic+ or raids (and especially mage tower), they just give their account to another player, self play even cost more money (according to site that I found)

10/08/2017 09:36Posted by Vautrin
10/08/2017 01:44Posted by Lore
Note that while selling assistance with obtaining items, achievements, PvP rating, or other in-game benefits for real-world currency is against the Terms of Use, selling those things in exchange for in-game gold is perfectly legitimate. Players should not feel as though participating in a “gold run” is going to result in negative action taken against their account.


The best way to solve the "assistance" problem and to increase your company's income from selling gold is to

---> remove "SOULBOUND" <---

from everything except maybe for legendaries.
Soulbound has never made any sence anyways.
And to keep players' interest in farming same content over and over you can add item upgrades that can make gear from ALL the expansions relevant and strong for current content.

That one of the dumbest ideas that I ever heard, we had that in Diablo 3 and that was really bad.
10/08/2017 03:07Posted by Bearmasterd
Quite the joke that you take actions against account sharing this expansion, and just now in ToS, when it has been used by all the top competitors for world first in the past.
Every guild in the Top20 has done it at some point especially during this expansion, and now you ban people?
You didn't ban any of the Top 3 during the race in Nighthold when they did it, but now it's bad again? I wonder why that is. Is it because in ToS the Top 3 didn't need to anymore and you have your rolemodels?


Careful mate, your tinfoil hat might fall off with all that fist shaking.
10/08/2017 01:44Posted by Lore
We’ve recently taken action against a number of accounts that were actively participating in and/or advertising the sale of in-game raid or dungeon clears in exchange for real-world currency. Such behavior is a clear violation of the World of Warcraft Terms of Use.

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And yet i see streamers who actively promote such websites still playing and not banned, Even after reporting them to the you via email.
10/08/2017 01:44Posted by Lore
We’ve recently taken action against a number of accounts that were actively participating in and/or advertising the sale of in-game raid or dungeon clears in exchange for real-world currency. Such behavior is a clear violation of the World of Warcraft Terms of Use.

Additionally, we’ve issued smaller actions against players who were found to be sharing account details in order to gain a competitive advantage during raid progression. Account sharing of any kind is against the World of Warcraft Terms of Use, and will not be tolerated. While the penalties applied as part of these actions were relatively minor, we intend to apply much harsher penalties for such behavior in the future.

As a reminder, in order to ensure fair play and competitive integrity, we closely monitor these and other activities that violate the Terms of Use. This includes selling in-game services for real money, exchanging accounts or characters, and similar violations done with the intention of gaining a competitive advantage in raid progression (such as the purchase or transfer of geared characters or accounts between owners).

Note that while selling assistance with obtaining items, achievements, PvP rating, or other in-game benefits for real-world currency is against the Terms of Use, selling those things in exchange for in-game gold is perfectly legitimate. Players should not feel as though participating in a “gold run” is going to result in negative action taken against their account.


Has this any effect on the M+ Invitational? To have a clean slate is one of the rules of the M+ Invitational, so I guess we will miss some of the top teams from the qualification.
10/08/2017 01:44Posted by Lore
We’ve recently taken action against a number of accounts that were actively participating in and/or advertising the sale of in-game raid or dungeon clears in exchange for real-world currency. Such behavior is a clear violation of the World of Warcraft Terms of Use.

Additionally, we’ve issued smaller actions against players who were found to be sharing account details in order to gain a competitive advantage during raid progression. Account sharing of any kind is against the World of Warcraft Terms of Use, and will not be tolerated. While the penalties applied as part of these actions were relatively minor, we intend to apply much harsher penalties for such behavior in the future.

As a reminder, in order to ensure fair play and competitive integrity, we closely monitor these and other activities that violate the Terms of Use. This includes selling in-game services for real money, exchanging accounts or characters, and similar violations done with the intention of gaining a competitive advantage in raid progression (such as the purchase or transfer of geared characters or accounts between owners).

Note that while selling assistance with obtaining items, achievements, PvP rating, or other in-game benefits for real-world currency is against the Terms of Use, selling those things in exchange for in-game gold is perfectly legitimate. Players should not feel as though participating in a “gold run” is going to result in negative action taken against their account.


Your research team needs to get better, much better.

Younger friend got banned for a month for "RMT" apparently and the kid doesnt even know how to even do that, but joining a group of RMT without knowing its RMT apparently gets you banned for a month.

While the person that arranged and did the RMT still has his active main account going on considering while we were trying to figure out what was going on, the other person was calmly playing WoW like nothing happened.

Great job there :D
10/08/2017 10:21Posted by Erìs
10/08/2017 03:07Posted by Bearmasterd
Quite the joke that you take actions against account sharing this expansion, and just now in ToS, when it has been used by all the top competitors for world first in the past.
Every guild in the Top20 has done it at some point especially during this expansion, and now you ban people?
You didn't ban any of the Top 3 during the race in Nighthold when they did it, but now it's bad again? I wonder why that is. Is it because in ToS the Top 3 didn't need to anymore and you have your rolemodels?


Careful mate, your tinfoil hat might fall off with all that fist shaking.


Sadly "mate", I exactly know this for a fact, because I know those people :). Raided in the Top20 long enough to get to know most ppl there. This has nothing to do with conspiracy theories or w/e, they even openly talked about it (e.g. Exorsus interview after various contents), clearly saying it is mandatory. Not just the account-sharing part, but the RMT stuff as well.
If you can't see the truth, it's just sad "mate" :)
10/08/2017 01:44Posted by Lore
We’ve recently taken action against a number of accounts that were actively participating in and/or advertising the sale of in-game raid or dungeon clears in exchange for real-world currency. Such behavior is a clear violation of the World of Warcraft Terms of Use.

Additionally, we’ve issued smaller actions against players who were found to be sharing account details in order to gain a competitive advantage during raid progression. Account sharing of any kind is against the World of Warcraft Terms of Use, and will not be tolerated. While the penalties applied as part of these actions were relatively minor, we intend to apply much harsher penalties for such behavior in the future.

As a reminder, in order to ensure fair play and competitive integrity, we closely monitor these and other activities that violate the Terms of Use. This includes selling in-game services for real money, exchanging accounts or characters, and similar violations done with the intention of gaining a competitive advantage in raid progression (such as the purchase or transfer of geared characters or accounts between owners).

Note that while selling assistance with obtaining items, achievements, PvP rating, or other in-game benefits for real-world currency is against the Terms of Use, selling those things in exchange for in-game gold is perfectly legitimate. Players should not feel as though participating in a “gold run” is going to result in negative action taken against their account.


so wowtokens is seen as in game currency then? was watching quin69 his livestream and he just bought a ilvl 930 cloak from a person , he bought 100 bucks worth of wowtokens with real life currency to give to the person

if that is the case then we gonna see alot of things like this

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