BLUF: They did what they did but they are taking a financial hit and the anti-boxers should be very grateful. You made great points and I’d like to add.
I’ve got a gmail inbox of several hundred “Your order…” emails, the notice you get when you apply a WoW Token to your game time, or apply balance to your BNET account. I stopped changing pages at 300, gmail did earlier and its just labeled as “1-50 of many” (yes they are all from this year). So even at 300 tokens per $20 (again i stopped counting at 300), which someone else paid that is $6000. If I pay for 8 subs out of pocket for a year each that is $1440. But here is the kicker, I also sell a lot of stuff on the AH which wouldn’t be possible without multi-boxing in it’s now late form. I sold thousands of items from mounts, uber rare plans, uber rare armor, you name it. And no small amount of those sold on the AH for 100-300k. So that means people were also selling tokens to buy them. Even more money Bliz is losing on this. Though my initial request was denied for refunds and game time transfer, thank you to Bliz for doing the right thing on this. I am fortunate to have received refunds for 7 SL copies and the transference of game time for all my accounts to my main. And while I do think this will impact the in-game economy and company profits I don’t think it will be earth shattering (check out the Q3 financials).
And as a side note, what I’ve always seen as a bigger problem. You’re still going to have the large Oceanic Server farming groups hyperspawning like I saw them out there again today. And they’ve also been transferring to NA servers. As a multi-boxer, when I wanted to farm some of the usual spots they are always out an about. While 8xtoon boxing I constantly got messages in Spanish, Portuguese, or broken English asking to join the farms. I’d play for 30+ hours with periodic breaks, crash for 12 hours, come back and the same groups were always on.
I’d read a farmer’s twitter feed months ago that I accessed via a linked discord account when he/she passed their info and there was open discussions of the game/Bitcoin transfers on the feed. My guess is they are involved in RMT due to political and economic situations in those countries specifically Venezuela in the case of that farmer, but there were tons posting as well.
For perspective on Multi-boxers: There are people looking for an easy path in life, same is true for the game. There always will be. But also like life, there are many who work hard to get where they are at. Work hard to gear their toons and do difficult content myself included (Raiding, M+, World PVP). And to be really good at it multi-boxing, takes time, patience, failures, successes and impetus. I prefer to play alone and don’t like relying on others to do things.
I also love to farm, to me its the most enjoyable thing in the game as it is almost like gambling and I lose no money. I can’t tell you how many times I leaped for joy in my living room when I’d get a rare plan or mount, only to remember that I do farm with WM On and I needed to stop the celebration and focus, and I’m burning fuel (buffs are running down).