The Elder Scrolls Online clarifies that Crown Store items can be traded in-game

It might not seem like it would be something with many grey areas, but the crown store items in The Elder Scrolls Online bring up some interesting questions about RMT. So it’s a good thing that Zenimax has confirmed, at least on the forums, what the “official” view on these items is. The question was always one of whether or not the items counted as in-game items or a form of real money; if it was the latter, trading them could be seen as trading in-game items for real-world money, which is against the rules.

The clarification from staff spells out that Crown Store items are considered in-game items, and trading them falls under the same header of trading in-game things. There’s also some protections in place for players who feel that they’ve been victims of a scam, so the staff suggests that you make sure any discussing happens within logged in-game channels. Still, it’s good to know that the items off of the Crown Store can be traded between players for other in-game gewgaws.

Source: Official Site; thanks to Tom for the tip!
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ernost

There’s also some protections in place for players who feel that they’ve been victims of a scam, so the staff suggests that you make sure any discussing happens within logged in-game channels.

Wow! This is such a refreshing change. There are far too many studios these days that refuse to help players who get scammed, and some even worse studios that outright encourage players to scam each other.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Unless it’s purchased from the Crown Store as a gift, there’s only so many items that can be traded. Dyes and crafting motifs come to mind. Anything collectible, mounts, costumes, personalities, pets are going to go right to your collections. And once you’ve collected something, you can’t buy it again.

This seems to have a very limited scope.

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Rolan Storm

That too. Why the fuss? “Crown store items can be traded for on-game items, but not for money/real world items.” Duh. RMT is prohibited by default in ESO, not really news.

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Diego Lindenmeyer

just need to agree with the keyloger they installed on the client just for “websites”

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Matthäus Wey

They said they removed said tool and when it comes back they will make it clear and give you an opt-out option.

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agemyth 😩

I just noticed the other day that you can now buy the Morrowind “chapter” with Crowns, which I would be pretty stoked about if I got back into the game. Not sure if it was already well known, but I’m glad they made the change for the older expansion.

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Sorenthaz

What would be really nice is if they upgraded the Gold Edition to cover their second year of DLCs (dungeons + Clockwork City?) sans-Morrowind. I know they want to really push the subscription but it would likely bring in more folks if they’d have their $60 Gold Edition cover everything but the ‘Chapters’ and Year 3’s DLC.

I guess maybe the Gold Edition has lowered in price, but that would justify raising it again.

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Tandor

It’ll be interesting to see how this works out, not least in relation to exchange rates as there’s the possibility that people will find it cheaper to buy gold and use that to fund crown store purchases through gifting, rather than buying crowns and using them to buy the items direct.

Gifting of crown store items has been introduced in response to the genuine desire of some players to help their friends, and some guild leaders to offer raffle prizes etc, but it doesn’t take too much imagination to picture it ending in tears for some players and a lot of work for Customer Support.