WorldOfWarcraft.com also reports that 22 million in ill-gotten gold was removed from the game’s economy.
The community manager stated that the company “regrets having to take such extreme action,” but stressed that the gold and item farming was affecting “the achievements of those who play legitimately.”
We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the community for their assistance in reporting suspicious behavior. Numerous account closures come as the direct result of tips reported to our GMs in-game or emailed to [email protected]
We appreciate your support and wish you the best with your continued adventures in Azeroth!
One player, who goes by “Burntskull,” made an interesting comment on the official message boards:
Scary Math . . . 59K accounts banned in June. Let’s assume the monthly fee (for) those accounts paid were not refunded. That’s US$882,050 (AU$1.15 million) in revenue at US$14.99 a month. Lets assume 1/2 of those farmer accounts come back (lets say 1/2). That’s 29500 accounts at US$49.95. That’s US$1.4 million in re-buying the game and another US$441,000 in revenue. Just interesting to see banning farming accounts gives a nice little boost to Blizzard as well.