Blizzard confirms paid World of Warcraft levelling, confirms $60 USD pricing

Level 90 World of Warcraft

By on February 26, 2014 at 3:47 pm

Blizzard have confirmed that the leaked screenshot from last week showing you would be able to pay $60 to boost your World of Warcraft character to 90 was genuine.

“We realised as soon as we came out with Warlords of Draenor boost to 90, we knew that there was going to be demand for more than 1,” said World of Warcraft‘s Ion Hazzikostas to Eurogamer.

“It’s tremendously awkward to tell someone that you should buy two copies of the expansion just to get a second 90. That’s odd. So we knew at that point we were going to have to offer it as a separate service.”

Hazzikostas explained that the $60 price point, while not set personally by him, represents them “not wanting to devalue the accomplishment of levelling”.

“If our goal here was to sell as many boosts as possible, we could halve the price or more than that – make it $10 or something. And then hardly anyone would ever level a character again.”

“But levelling is something that takes dozens if not over 100 hours in many cases and people have put serious time and effort into that, and we don’t want to diminish that.”

Read the full statement here at Eurogamer.

22 comments (Leave your own)

Everyone is going to cry the death of WoW but this has been cried every time something new and different came out. LFR for example i remember and still see posts about it being the death of WoW but in all honestly age will be the death of WoW. I defiantly wont be paying them to level a character, hell dunno if i will be paying them to even go back, but that’s my opinion and i got my time out of WoW.

 

Everyone will complain how there will be a whole bunch of free 90 players that will ruin end game at 100. I have a couple of questions for you.

1. What about all the thousands of people who are already buying paid lvling services through illegal means?
2. Did anyone know that in order for anyone to get into raids/ lfr and heroics every lvl 100 must achieve at least a silver in the proving grounds for each role?

 
WorthlesSnypeR

Also the time leveling from 90-100 would probably still be like 30%-40% of the time it would have taken to level 1-90. So in that time people would probably be competent with their class (you’d think), however i’m still under the opinion of people, regardless of if they level to *insert level cap* or get boosted/power leveled straight to cap, are either good at the game or shit, just via general video gaming skill (independent of leveling acquisition).

 

The concept of paying so you don’t have to play most of the game is interesting to me lol

 

Man back in vanilla i paid way less for someone to level a character. Honestly, I think the worst thing is that it’s a rip off.

 

I guess that is the USA price, probably add 10% on that for Australian dollars – $66?

 

schkorpio,

There are a lot of people out there who see grinding as a chore and only end game content as the actual game.

I tend to find these people annoying. Don’t know about WoW, but there are plenty of botted / bought accounts running around in WoT being bad in tier 10 games.

 

Considering it will take a VERY casual player a few months to achieve level 90, it would take a couple of subscriptions to do that. So, 60$ might not be much to them if they have the cash to spend.

 

ottomatic:

There are a lot of people out there who see grinding as a chore and only end game content as the actual game.

I tend to find these people annoying. Don’t know about WoW, but there are plenty of botted / bought accounts running around in WoT being bad in tier 10 games.

There are also a lot of people out there who have leveled to max more than once and can’t be bothered doing it again. I’d probably pay for a leveling service now that I’m no longer an unemployed teenager, who the hell has time to level 7 classes through exactly the same content.

 
Nasty Wet Smear

If you guys wanna give me $60.00 I’ll play any other games you’re all too lazy to enjoy. I’m looking forward to The Witcher 3, anyone wanna give me $60.00 to play that for them?… I’m willing to go as low as $45.00!

 

nastywetsmear:
If you guys wanna give me $60.00 I’ll play any other games you’re all too lazy to enjoy. I’m looking forward to The Witcher 3, anyone wanna give me $60.00 to play that for them?… I’m willing to go as low as $45.00!

ottomatic:
schkorpio,

There are a lot of people out there who see grinding as a chore and only end game content as the actual game.

I tend to find these people annoying. Don’t know about WoW, but there are plenty of botted / bought accounts running around in WoT being bad in tier 10 games.

I agree with this because developers make shit games that make us grind and grind and grind

I agree with this because EVERYTHING!

nekosan: There are also a lot of people out there who have leveled to max more than once and can’t be bothered doing it again. I’d probably pay for a leveling service now that I’m no longer an unemployed teenager, who the hell has time to level 7 classes through exactly the same content.

I agree with this because I’m also not an unemployed teenager (although when I played Ultima Online, I was on an allowance).

 

Wow really GON you can’t let me quote in my post that many times? I’m not actually going to bother rewriting it… it’s a jigsaw puzzle.

 

Great now they are selling max characters like they used to ban people for. Grats on the huge hypocrisy

 

I have 4 90s and I will buy 1 or 2 more I enjoy the classes but running the same dungons same zones again iw boreing and tbh we can’t expect any game company to redo zones again anr again.

 

Player’s wanting to pay for progress can just spend $30 on Honorbuddy and get as many level 90′s as they like. In fact, as many level 100′s with full professions, heaps of gold and as much honor gear as they like.

>.>

 

This is silly its just… sigh its easy enough to got to 90 as it is, paying for a 90 is… making the Grind meaningless.

 

rheajr86:
Great now they are selling max characters like they used to ban people for. Grats on the huge hypocrisy

I think the one thing people are forgetting, is they are not selling max lvl characters, they are selling lvl 90 characters, remember, this wont be available till WoD hits which will then make the max lvl 100 not 90 like everyone seems to be forgetting.

Literally every forum has someone complaining that people will buy a lvl 90 and start endgame content and ruin it, but how are they doing that when endgame content will be lvl 100, more so how are people so stupid as to not realise this.

 
Nasty Wet Smear

Literally every forum has someone complaining that people will buy a lvl 90 and start endgame content and ruin it, but how are they doing that when endgame content will be lvl 100, more so how are people so stupid as to not realise this.

The concern could be legit still. I dunno what WoW is like these days, but back in the old days you could almost instantly tell a person who paid for their character to be leveled because they hadn’t any grasp of even the basics of their character role. Warlocks who pulled arrgo instantly or attempted to Tank with their Felhounds, Mages who didn’t CC any NPCs, or did but then instantly ruined it with their own AoE spells, warriors who tanked in Zerk stance…

Part of the role of leveling from 1 – 100 is learning everything you need to know about your character. Having a task bar full of skills is great, but if you don’t understand how they work you might as well let the cat walk over the number pad.

 

I dont think grinding mobs and quests for 100 levels could teach you how to dps, tank, heal or CC in end game environment for any class of character, so its kind irrelevant from that point of view..

 

Can I just say (10 years on) that those of us who played vanilla and said “wow this is cool” and also said “why the fuck raise the level cap to 70 and 80?” are now completely vindicated.

News at 11, Blizzard works out that people don’t want to level over and over and over and are now offering people the single worst way in the history of computer games to avoid it. Good going blizzard.

 
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