A legal form of gold buying. Sort of.
For those of you that love your in-game WoW pets, Blizzard are introducing a new pet for you to purchase, the Guardian Cub. In an interesting move, whereas the previous pets were ‘bind to account’, the Guardian Cub will be ‘bind on equip’, meaning that you will be able to trade it to other players or sell via the in game auction house. What this technically means is, in a round about sort of way, you can buy gold in game. Assuming your pet sells of course.
On the World of Warcraft website, Blizzard said “While our goal is to offer players alternative ways to add a Pet Store pet to their collection, we’re OK with it if some players choose to use the Guardian Cub as a safe and secure way to try to acquire a little extra in-game gold without turning to third-party gold-selling services.”
This offers an alternative for players who want to get some special pets without having to fork out real money for them, although there will probably be a rush early on, so don’t expect to make a tonne of virtual gold out of this. The Guardian Cub will cost the usual $10 in the US pet store. Expect it to cost €10 in the EU and £9 in the UK.