The debate over RMT (real money transactions, or real money trade, or “Hey Mom! Can I borrow the credit card? I need ten gold and a mount!”) has been going on for quite some time, with both sides firmly entrenched in the foxholes of their position. I’m not here to attempt to change anyone’s mind, but this has to be the most interesting (and ridiculous) thing I’ve seen so far…interesting and ridiculous enough to make me break a long-standing rule on this site, and actually link to a gold-seller’s website. I’m going to do this only because you’re not going to believe me until you see this.
A gold-seller is giving away open beta keys for Warhammer Online.
Now, normally this would provoke a few cries of “What th’?!?,” a few comments along the lines of “They just bought 50 copies of the game to use for their ‘business’, and are giving away the beta key part,” or “Cool! Where do I sign up?”.
I’ve seen all three.
However, even that isn’t what I’m in complete amazement about here. No, the fact that’s caused my brain to melt is the fact that this gold seller is also selling open beta keys for $23.99.
Yes, that was enough to make me link to their site.
Now, the page linked to is somewhat unclear; I can’t tell if you’re actually buying a pre-order, or just a beta key. However, either one would be odd in the extreme:
- If you’re buying a pre-order, you’re getting a $50USD game for $23.99USD
- If you’re buying a beta key only, then EA Mythic is going to have their guts for garters.
My theory is that they’re basically buying a full pre-order for everyone that places a $23.99USD order, but only giving them the beta key. Then, they can use the “live” account to grind their gold for resale, having basically gotten it for half-price. Of course, it could just simply be a pre-order payment for a legitimate purchase of the game, like the $1 you can pay for a preorder at Target, or the $5 at Gamestop, etc.
I sent an email to their customer support asking just that question…does the $23.99 get you the entire game, or just the beta key? If you need me, I’ll be over in the corner holding my breath until I turn greenskin.