Blizzard has been against micro-transactions for a while now, sticking with the monthly sub model. Unfortunately that only generated 500 million last year, so like any struggling company they had to go to desperate measures and accept the RMT model. Being Blizzard they of course put their own ‘polish’ on it, and instead did away with that silly ‘micro’ part of the model. Why charge a few bucks for something when you can just wrap it all together and charge one price, right?
Blizzard also changed the name of RMT, it’s call e-sports. For only $20 (plus WoW, TBC and the normal monthly fee) Blizzard will power level a character for you, give you unlimited access to all the best epics, and free respecs so you can avoid the pointless grinding. They will also place you on a special RMT… err e-sport server along with the rest of the suckers… err e-sport fans. As a side bonus, you can enter the arena and officially get curb stomped by some E-sport pro group you yourself helped sponsor with your $20 RMT fee. Congrats!
Up next, Blizzard plans to open up a ‘god mode’ server. For only $25, you can get all the e-sport bonuses, plus god mode. Finally you can visit all those pesky ‘group only’ instances and raids and see all the content, without the need to talk or interact with anyone else. All that for only $25! Buy now, supplies are running out!