The Warden's existence was acknowledged in March 2008, during the opening legal proceedings against MDY Industries.[125] The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Arizona, and also listed Michael Donnelly as a defendant. Donnelly was included in the suit as the creator of MMO Glider, software that can automatically play many tasks in the game. Blizzard claimed the software is an infringement of its copyright and software license agreement, stating that "Glider use severely harms the WoW gaming experience for other players by altering the balance of play, disrupting the social and immersive aspects of the game, and undermining the in-game economy." Donnelly claims to have sold 100,000 copies of the $25 software.[126]

La apariencia del juego fue ensalzada. La característica más popular fue el que un jugador pudiera ir de un lado a otro del continente sin que se le presentara una pantalla de carga.35​ Se dijo del ambiente que "dejaba sin aliento", haciendo que los jugadores no se perdieran y que cada área del juego tuviera un aspecto único y extremadamente grande.41​ Los críticos describieron el ambiente como "una cuidadosa mezcla de dibujos animados, fantasía y realidad ".32​ El juego funcionaba bien en casi cualquier tipo de sistema,15​ aunque algunos los describieron como demasiado básico41​ y mencionaron que algunos efectos emborraban un poco la imagen.42​ La capacidad de volar sobre los escenarios fue descrita como "muy atmosférica".17​ La interfaz fue descrita como simple y con ayudas para el novato.15​
The practice of buying or selling gold in World of Warcraft has generated significant controversy.[143] On February 21, 2008, Blizzard released a statement concerning the consequences of buying gold. Blizzard reported that an "alarmingly high" proportion of all gold bought originates from "hacked" accounts. The article also stated that customers who had paid for character leveling services had found their accounts compromised months later, with all items stripped and sold for virtual gold. The article noted that leveling service companies often used "disruptive hacks ... which can cause realm performance and stability issues".[144] In April 2015, introduced a means to sell in-game gold for real money. A player may spend $20 on a one-month "game time token" that can be sold for in-game gold on the auction house.[36]
In South Korea, there is no software package or CD key requirement to activate the account. However, to play the game, players must purchase time credits online. There are two kinds of time credits available: one where the player is billed based on the actual number of minutes that will be available, and one where the player can play the game for a number of days. In the former, time can be purchased in multiples of 5 hours or 30 hours, and in the latter, time can be purchased in multiples of 7 days, 1 month, or 3 months.[54] As software packages are not required, expansion pack contents are available to all players on launch day.
World of Warcraft (abreviado como WoW, literalmente en español Mundo de Warcraft) es un videojuego de rol multijugador masivo en línea desarrollado por Blizzard Entertainment. Es el cuarto juego lanzado establecido en el universo fantástico de Warcraft, el cual fue introducido por primera vez por Warcraft: Orcs & Humans en 1994.4​ World of Warcraft transcurre dentro del mundo de Azeroth, cuatro años después de los sucesos finales de la anterior entrega de Warcraft, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne.5​ Blizzard Entertainment anunció World of Warcraft el 2 de septiembre de 2001.6​
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