Where the Real Money Is
Walk with me while I take you on a journey.
First stop is HERE, where we learn that Upper Deck has lost the license to World of Warcraft – Trading Card Game. Blue Poster Zarhym had this to say about it on the World of Warcraft Forums:
As some of you may already be aware, we will not be renewing the World of Warcraft: The Trading Card Game license with Upper Deck. We want to assure you that we are committed to supporting the TCG, and players can look forward to new content and strong organized play support in the near future. We will share additional details about the game’s transition to a new partner as soon as possible. For those awaiting tournament prizes, we will ensure you receive them.
So Blizzard is leaving Upper Deck. Which is funny, because to hear them tell it Upper Deck dropped Blizzard due to poor sales.
The card game seems popular enough. Listen to anyone who talks about it and they seem to know a guy who knows a guy who plays. A few people will come out and tell you that they have personally tried the game but just didn’t get into it. Sounds like Upper Deck’s poor sales claim might have some footing after all. Locally I’ve tried to find packages of cards but they’re incredibly hard to come by. I’ve even looked on eBay and found cards online. Since I don’t play, I don’t know if the value placed on these pieces of colored cardboard is worth it. But the loot cards that come with the game, well that’s another kettle of fish.
Now let’s stroll over HERE, where Blizzard gives the Make-a-Wish Foundation a 1.1 Million Dollar donation, raised by the sales of the Pandaren Monk pet found in Blizzard’s own Pet Store. For two months, half the money from the sales of the Monk went to the charity. Needless to say, alot of people bought that Kung Fu Panda.
See where I’m going with this? No? Okay, let’s make one more stop. Here we are at the Blizzard Pet Store itself. Don’t mind the smell, Game Developers tend to kick up almost as much funk as gamers at Blizzcon. Now if you look to your right, you’ll see the Blizzard Pet Store FAQ. Scroll all the way down to the bottom where the question is asked about people being able to buy weapons and such.
“As with the pets, mounts, and other items players can obtain through Loot cards from the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game, Pet Store pets are purely cosmetic and just for fun.”
Back to my story about eBay. Look up the TCG cards and see how much they sell for. Now look up TCG Loot cards and see what those sell for. You do the math and figure out where the money can be made with the TCG itself.
I suspect that the TCG will go on, and I suspect that it will be Blizzard itself that will release the game. I also suspect that there won’t be any loot cards to be found in any of those packets. All loot codes will go on sale in the Pet Store (or Loot Store), and any money lost on the TCG itself will be reimbursed by the Loot sales.
That’s right: within the next year, you too might be able to ride off into the sunset with your very own Spectral Tiger Mount… if the price is right.