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World of Warcraft's new Tokens go on sale April 7, a new way to buy game time

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

This week, Blizzard is giving World of Warcraft players the option to play its massively multiplayer online game without the need to pay for a monthly subscription, when it introduces the recently announced WoW Token. The new item, which can be exchanged for game time or sold for in-game gold, is set to go live in the in-game shop on Tuesday, April 7.

WoW Tokens were announced in March as a way for players to get game time without the need for a monthly subscription. Players can buy tokens and exchange them with other players for gold or 30-day chunks of game time. Blizzard says the new payment option offers a way for players to "simply and securely exchange gold and game time with each other," and to use their in-game gold to pay for WoW game time.

The WoW Token will be available for sale starting tomorrow (at approximately 10 a.m. PT) in North America, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand through the in-game store. Blizzard will sell tokens for $20 U.S./$25 Australian each. Blizzard is also setting the starting price of a WoW Token at 30,000 gold in World of Warcraft's auction house, but says supply and demand will dictate pricing post-launch. Blizzard says it's limiting the number of tokens players can purchase to 10 within a 30-day period.

For more details on World of Warcraft's new WoW Token, check out the announcement. Blizzard also released a quick video primer on WoW Tokens, which you can watch below.

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