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An in-game purchase is buying something for real money from Blizzard while playing one of their games. World of Warcraft introduced an in-game shop in Patch 5.4.2. Diablo III had this before any Warcraft games via the real-money auction house, but that feature was removed.
Real money purchases on PTR Edit
In response to the discovery of a data-mined spell (ω ϖ; NYR) and item (ω ϖ; NYR) from a Patch 5.4 PTR build, Zarhym suggested in blue post on the official forums that real money purchasing in-game for certain regions was being explored for testing on the PTR. This post was reported later by the BBC.
In Patch 5.4.2 EditThis section concerns content exclusive to Mists of Pandaria.
The test version of the in-game shop that appeared with Patch 5.4.2 on the PTR allowed purchasing with test currency and did not appear to indicate an Asia-only introduction. It was released when the same patch went live on December 10, 2013.
- ^ Zarhym 2013-07-04. #177 - 5.4 In Game Store 100% XP Buff?. Official Community > General Discussion forum (US). We are currently exploring the possibility of adding a way for players in certain regions to make purchases directly within the game. As part of this process, elements related to this will be appearing on the PTR. We’ll provide additional updates on our plans as development progresses.
- ^ Bashiok 2013-07-09. #1745 - 5.4 In Game Store 100% XP Buff?. Official Community > General Discussion forum (US).
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