Cops: Man Promising To Sell World Of Warcraft Characters Cheated Gamers

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Florida police have accused a 23-year-old Clearwater resident with taking $760 from at least two people and not providing the World of Warcraft characters he promised in exchange.


The Associated Press reports that, in 2008, Christopher Bouffard allegedly accepted the payments from at least two people in exchange for World of a Warcraft characters. But, they say, he cut off communications with the potential WoW-character-consumers once he received payment. Broussard was arrested on Monday and faced charges with "scheming to defraud and two counts of grand theft," according to the AP. He is being held on bail.

The sale of World of Warcraft characters, while not unheard of, is against the terms of service Activision Blizzard requires gamers to consent to before playing the massively multiplayer online game. Here is the section of the game's End User License Agreement pertaining to selling one's account:

Blizzard does not recognize the transfer of WoW Accounts or Blizzard Accounts (each an "Account"). You may not purchase, sell, gift or trade any Account, or offer to purchase, sell, gift or trade any Account, and any such attempt shall be null and void.

I don't play WoW. Can any gamers who do explain what kind of two-character pair might be worth $760?

Man faces fraud charges over video game characters [Associated Press]



If you have two lv. 80's that are decked in gear (namely Heroic pieces) they're worth a lot. It takes a long time to amass (likely 70+ days played time) that kind of gear. Not to mention it requires you to be of the raiding sort and you can't suck.

Right now with ICC just coming out, gear is a little all over the place and a lot of people are considered 'geared' since the ease of obtaining some items is coming down, but with more of ICC opening up it'll normalize, especially when hard modes hit.

Another thing that can significantly boost the value is any rare achievements/mounts that may be on the account(s). Something like an Ironbound Proto-Drake is reasonably hard to obtain and will be removed from the game eventually. Achievements like Immortal (25 man Naxx with no deaths during any boss fights) are also very, very hard to obtain with their own rewards (titles).

Basically anyone in any top end guild could probably sell their characters for $750. Especially if you have server firsts, the price skyrockets. Simply having an 80 character won't (read: shouldn't) fetch anything close to $750, but having multiples with top gear, rare achievements, and now unobtainable items/mounts means $$$$$$.