Blizzard Policy Change - Accounts Created for Advertising Subject to Bans
It appears that Blizzard has made some changes to their policies regarding advertising boost sales. While selling Mythic+, PvP, and raids in exchange for gold is still acceptable, accounts created solely for the purpose of advertising boosts are now subject to being banned, although what exactly constitutes "advertising" is a bit unclear. So far, there has been no blue post, tweet, or other confirmation aside from the Game Master responses below.
Keep in mind that this entire story is centered around trading for gold, which is within the ToS. There is no mention of RMT or indication that the account was banned for taking part in real money trading.
Ghormor initially appealed a silence, which led to being banned instead.
Ghormor, who leads the Azeroth Sales Community,
shared the story on reddit
, in which he reported losing over 100 million gold from the banned account. What is interesting here is that he claims the account was used predominantly for banking and auction house monitoring, while funneling gold around the community. Although the appeal was escalated to a Lead Game Master, the manager reiterated that the account was being banned strictly for advertising. This makes it sound like the GM's definition of "advertising" means anything to do with sales without engaging with the "normal" game content, which would be a very important distinction - because these large scale groups tend to operate on nearly every server, the 50 character limit often precludes them from doing everything on just one account.
The case was then escalated to a lead, who reiterated that accounts created solely for the sake of advertising would be subject to bans.
The irony of having a silence overturned only to be hit with a ban aside, flood advertising is a real problem on some servers, and this change would seem to crack down on that without targeting boost sales directly, especially as more individual guilds and smaller communities attempt to get in on selling PvP, Mythic+, and raids. For his part, Ghormor's post agrees that the policy is good change for that reason, but contends that it was not announced ahead of time or clearly explained, resulting in losing a very large amount of gold from an account which was seemingly compliant. The frustration isn't without merit, as there has been no blue post, tweet, or separate confirmation of this change, though Blizzard has always been the final arbiter as to what is/not a bannable offence. Therefore, anyone using alt accounts for advertising or any aspect of sales without engaging in normal gameplay may want to make sure they're ok with losing them.
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