What’s New In the MMORPG Scene for Gold Farmers?
Gold farmers know that demand for in-game currencies come and go – especially with MMORPGs. Some games are mainstays in the genre, while new titles go bust after just a few months of going live. So, what’s can gold farmers expect from the MMORPG scene in the coming weeks and months?
World of Warcraft
Blizzard launched the WoW token with patch 6.1.2. Some people were excited for the launch. Others – not so much. Now, the WoW token was supposed to be Blizzard’s answers to gold farming, but it really hasn’t had much of an effect on it yet. That’s because players really aren’t getting much out of the tokens.
Let’s say you purchased a token for $20. Right now, you would only get 21k-26k gold for that token on a US server (you can see live updates on token prices here). That same player could have gotten 50,000 gold for just $13-$15 if they had purchased their gold at G2G.
Players on EU servers are getting about 31,000-40,000 gold per token, but they could get 70,000 gold for just $18 at G2G.
As far as players are concerned, the WoW token is kind of a bust. You can get more gold for cheaper from G2G, so why bother? As for gold farmers, they’ll still be able to make a profit in the long run despite the launch of the WoW token.
Recently, World of Warcraft bans 100,000 game accounts that uses third-party program which automate gameplay, known as “bots.” On the Honorbuddy forum, the increase in ban threads indicates that many users got caught in the ban wave for utilizing bots.
Guild Wars 2
Guild Wars 2 did implement some changes that will affect gold farmers – mainly gold transfer limitations. These limitations can put a hamper on your gold farming, but there are a few ways around it.
These limitations were put in place on March 31, 2015, so they’re still somewhat new. Players can now only receive so much gold through the Guild Vault and in-game mail each week. Of course, ArenaNet says that they implemented this feature as a way to prevent people from abusing the gold transfer feature that’s often involved with account hacking, gold selling and fraud.
Here’s what you need to know about this new system:
- All accounts will now have limits on how much gold can be moved from the Guild Vault or in-game mail to the character’s bag (wallet) each week.
- Players can accept up to 500 gold each week, and a maximum of 500 gold can be sent through a single in-game mail.
- Gold received from the in-game auction house is not subject to these limitations.
- If you receive more gold than you can pick up, the remaining gold will stay in your mail inbox and can be retrieved the following week, or over subsequent weeks.
- The week begins on Sunday at 12:01 AM UTC.
I’m not going to lie – this is bad news for gold sellers. If customers are buying large amounts of gold from you, you may have to make a lot of trades over the course of several weeks to complete the order.
That being said, you also have the option of providing the gold through the in-game auction house (see current gold prices) for quicker but riskier trades. This method is simple: one party lists an item on the auction house for “x” price, and then the other party purchases it.
The AH will take a 15% cut, though, so keep that in mind. While this complicates the process a little, using the auction house will remove the gold limitations set by ArenaNet.
On a side note: there’s still no release date on the Guild Wars 2 expansion – Heart of Thorns. But you should start preparing for it now, so you’re ready for the release date. Start stocking up on coins now, so you have plenty to sell later when they’re in really high demand.
Final Fantasy XIV – A Realm Reborn
Not too much is going on in Final Fantasy XIV as far as gold farming is concerned. There are no new updates to be concerned about, but the Heavensward expansion is set for release on June 23, 2015. You might want to stock up on Gils, so you can make an even bigger profit when the demand is higher before and just after the release of the expansion.
The Elder Scrolls Online
To say The Elder Scrolls Online was a disappointment is an understatement. Bugs are a huge issue, and the gaming experience is lackluster. Not to mention the fact that the company is laying off employees, which is a pretty good indication that it can’t keep up with overhead costs. It also means that players are leaving the game and new subscribers are far and few between.
If you’ve been focusing your gold farming business on TESO, you may want to shift your focus to World of Warcraft for now. WoW has more than 10 million players, and demand for gold is always high. I would wait to start farming TESO until more players come back to the game.
Lineage II is one of the longest-running MMOs – period. And it’s free to play. NcSoft just released a new free expansion called Infinite Odyssey on April 22, so there will be a lot of interest in this game in the coming months.
Gold famers may want to consider farming for this game, especially during the first few months after the expansion’s release. Adenas (the in-game currency) will be in high demand, and there’s definitely a market for gold sellers here.
All in all, gold famers can still make a profit with a lot of the popular MMORPG titles. Gold farming on WoW is still completely viable even with the WoW token. Players can get their gold for cheaper through sellers like G2G, so they’re finding little value in buying tokens. It will be a bit tougher to farm and sell gold in Guild Wars 2 with the new restrictions in place, but it’s not impossible to make a profit. With TESO on the decline, it’s probably best to focus your gold farming business on WoW or even Lineage II, who just released a new expansion at the end of April.