WoW boosting

Blizzard has introduced a new policy to tighten restrictions on World of Warcraft booster. Players can help one another clear content and earn rare items and achievements in return for in-game currency.

Kaivax, the community manager, posted on the game's forums that "as of today we will now prohibit organizations that offer boosting and matchmaking, escrow or other non-traditional service, even those offered for gold."

Kaivax's post states that Blizzard will issue warnings and account suspensions to any accounts found to be part of a booster organization. These organizations often operate across multiple servers via a single Discord server.

The new policy states that players and guilds will be able to use chat to purchase or sell "ingame items or activities" for in-game currency. Some have pointed out that this announcement doesn't completely eliminate boosting.

Blizzard will instead crack down on large-scale groups of people who have taken advantage of the fact that purely gold-based transactions aren't in violation of the game's terms and service and the ability to convert your in-game gold into game time (via WoW Tokens or Battle.net balance) to be used on other games, services, and applications.

This process of boosting communities is quite complex. They employ players to promote their services on different servers. They are paid gold by a buyer who contacts them. Boosters, who receive in-game gold from the bank, then take over the task of getting players what they want. This happens on multiple servers and is reported to a central Discord server. Players who are unable to perform tough raids or obtain a fancy mount can either buy WoW Tokens or use the gold they already own to pay for help from a group. Advertisers, boosters, admins, and others can take the gold to continue their subscriptions or convert it into Blizzard dollars if they wish.

Nova, Sylvanas and Huokan are just a few of the most well-known boosting communities. They have all said that they will cease their Discord services in the wake.

Windz, one Nova founder, said that it was foolish to think it would stop all at once. "People will do it in a dirty way."

Many in the game's community despise boosters. This is because they encourage players to purchase their way towards things that other players can do. Blizzard's head Mike Ybarra irritated some players last year by posting a tweet about his raid "sales run", which suggested it was part of a boosting program.

It is unclear how Blizzard will define "organization", and how it will determine if an individual, guild or group is connected to a larger community. This would be a violation of the rule. Windz suggested that it is possible that these services could be paid for real money, which would violate the game's terms and conditions. Although it might seem harsh to take on boosters, it is clear that Blizzard has left many loopholes.