If you play a lot of World of Warcraft, you might be in a decent position to put today's news to good use. The WoW Tokens currently obtainable and traded through the World of Warcraft auction house may soon be used across a wider-range of Blizzard titles.
Through the magic of datamining, keen-eyed spies have unearthed strings of code that seem to suggest World of Warcraft's 'Tokens' might soon be convertible into a standardized Blizzard balance - allowing them to be spent in titles like Overwatch and Hearthstone.
At the minute, a WoW Token can be picked up through the Blizzard Store for around $20 or £15. Once the token has been delivered to a World of Warcraft character, it can either be sold (or bought) for around 100,000 'Gold' or redeemed for 30 extra days of game time. Those capable of pulling in big money through Warcraft's in-game economy might soon be able to turn that talent into skills to pay the Overwatch loot box bills.
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It isn't clear when the addition will be made public - if ever - but once it does, we can either expect the face-value of a WoW Token to skyrocket, or stay relatively the same. It seems to mostly depend on how many players dabble in multiple Blizzard products at once.
Though it's all still speculation, of course, the addition was hinted during this year's BlizzCon. The offending slivers of code were dug up through World of Warcraft's 7.1.5 patch files, suggesting the function could be closer than we think.