From the “Thank the Heavens” department we have an interesting news item from the official WoW forums that almost slipped under the radar with all the 3.1 hoopla:
In a carefully worded post from Blizzard poster Malkorix, it was announced late yesterday that in-game casino advertisements are “…not welcome at all…” both in-game and on the official forums. This policy takes effect April 20th to allow ample time for casino advertisers to amend their practices and get in-line with Blizzard’s new policy.
This policy change from Blizzard, as it is currently worded, does not strictly outlaw the operation of a casino but does restrict their advertising, which should have a significant impact on successfully running such games. Notably absent from the post, however, are details informing as to what the punishment will be for those that violate the new policy. Our assumption is that it will be a
more threatening warning/temp ban –>
and ultimately perma-ban approach by the GMs.
If pressed, we expect that Blizzard would say that they are going to deal with each offender on a ‘case by case’ basis.
Good riddance we say. Let’s get back to making gold the old fashioned way, with hard work and attention to detail.