Blizzard effectively bans World of Warcraft boosting with new policy

Blizzard has finally decided to crack down on organizations providing boosting services for World of Warcraft.

Boosting, matchmaking, gold-selling, and escrows are all in-grained within the World of Warcraft culture. Organizations have made a ton of profit by offering such services to MMO players for years. However, in a surprising but very welcome turn of events, Blizzard just made it clear that it will no longer tolerate such "non-traditional services" in World of Warcraft anymore.

Blizzard Bans World Of Warcraft Boosting Scaled
Boosting and other non-traditional services have long been a problem in World of Warcraft.

As part of its upcoming policy change, Blizzard confirmed that it will not hesitate to ban anyone involved in the aforementioned activities.

In a lengthy statement, Blizzard detailed all the changes coming to World of Warcraft. In particular, the controversial developer listed organizers offering non-traditional services such as boosting, matchmaking, and escrow, as well as gold-selling. The studio detailed that it will warn, suspend, and if not ban anyone found in violation of the new policy change. Blizzard ends its statement by asking boosting organizations to "cease doing business in World of Warcraft immediately."

"Boosting" is a blanket term used to describe services based on players paying to get something done for them. It can be anything from going from level 1 to 60 or paying someone to get them through difficult raids for achievements and rewards. But, while this is a step in the right direction, fans worry that it's far from enough. Specifically, fans are pointing out that Blizzard is only going after big operations, which can still use the trade chat to sell their "non-traditional services."

The silver lining here is that at least Blizzard is doing something. Even if organizations will find a loophole around the latest policy change, it does put them on blast. Blizzard can still make changes in the future that can address their "adjustments" like if they rebrand themselves to get away with what they are doing.

According to World of Warcraft veteran and popular streamer, Asmongold, Blizzard's actions were "the right thing to do."

World of Warcraft is one of the oldest and most popular MMORPGs on the market. These types of games are usually a magnet for organizations looking for profit. Only time will tell if Blizzard's actions are enough to address such concerns.

In other Blizzard news, we just found out that the studio is working on at least one more secret project. The news comes on the heels of Blizzard's confirmation of its upcoming survival game for PCs and consoles. Also, earlier this month, Microsoft acquired Activision Blizzard in a massive $70 billion deal, which prompted a response from Sony as the rival company acquired Bungie for $3.6 billion.

Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is a lifelong gamer with a nose for keeping up with the latest news in and out of the gaming industry. When he's not reading, writing, editing, and playing video games, he builds and repairs computers in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.
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