You can gift people Blizzard Balance now, but not your own Blizzard Balance

    
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You could buy this with it?

If you have a ton of money sitting in your Blizzard account and nothing to spend it on, you have probably eagerly awaited the ability to gift that to people. The good news is that balance gifting is now possible, so if you want to give someone $30 in money to use on something within the various Blizzard games from World of Warcraft to Heroes of the Storm, you can do that now. The bad news is… you can’t do that from your actual balance. You have to buy it separately.

Yes, it’s just a little bit absurd, but that’s the route they’ve chosen. There are two different checkout options to add the funds to your own account or gift them to another account, and you have to choose the latter to give it to someone else. You also cannot buy a token in WoW and hand it to someone else, so that workaround won’t work out either. But, hey, at least the gifting option is there!

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Carebear

So I can now buy gold directly from players and in a better price?

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Eamil

Probably this is to avoid becoming subject to laws governing banks. Steam doesn’t let you gift other people money directly from your Steam wallet either.

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Reht

It actually makes sense, this stops people who have purchased wow tokens from the AH (in wow at least) and hoarded them from being able to convert that to transferable balance and it will also prevent the cost of wow tokens from going through the roof worse than they did when they announced that you could buy Destiny 2 with Bliz Balance. Also your statement about not being able to hand someone a token isn’t entirely accurate. You can trade a token you purchased from the cash shop – wow tokens don’t become soulbound until you buy them on the auction house.

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Randy Savage

I recently bought a WoW Token with cash and it was soulbound. My only options were to consume it or sell it on the AH.

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Reht

Yikes, i apparently found an old or incorrect FAQ. Just saw wowhead’s list and it confirms what you and the article say. Thanks for the correction.

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Michael

You can’t exchange WoW tokens for battle.net currency in game, you have to go to your account page I believe.

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Xzaf

I dunno, makes sense to me. Purchasing a product and gifting it so someone is pretty straight forward and low over head. Moving stuff around various accounts is lot more sticky of a situation to investigate and then act upon.

Gotta remember, there are people out there who will take advantage of anything if given the chance. Someone could steal a credit card, buy balance on a mule account and then start off loading it on other accounts, where the recipient could be knowingly or unknowingly part of a bigger scam.

This is somewhat seen in Warframe, where someone will purchase in game currency in a way that is against the rules. That account gets banned, and the wrongfully purchased currency gets striped from everywhere it exists. Innocent people have wound up with this currency before and have had their accounts effectively banned/suspended because their in-game currency reached negative numbers. They had no idea the currency was purchased in a wrongful manner, but now they have to either pony up the money to get their balance back to at least 0, or fight with support.

So them not allowing transfers from account to account makes some amount of sense. It can cause some headaches because dishonest people exist.

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Paragon Lost

How bizarre, not sure what they’re thinking here.