Balance funds World of Warcraft game time

We already knew that real money would play a role in Diablo III, but we didn't have a great deal of official word. Now, Blizzard has released a FAQ about the Balance providing a much deeper look at the upcoming system.

Essentially, you have a Balance made up of points. Adding value to your Balance is executed through charging up. You can charge up your Balance using debit or credit cards, or sales from Diablo III auctions. Be aware, though, that you can't convert Balance back into cash; once you put money there, it stays there. (There is an exception in some regions using PayPal, but details are scarce on that right now.)

Some of the details are a little fuzzy right now because Blizzard is forced to deal with a lot of regional-specific laws. For example, in some regions, it'll have to empty value from a Balance that hasn't been accessed in three years. Which regions? We don't know yet.

The most exciting bit of this news, however, is that you'll be able to purchase World of Warcraft prepaid game time using your Balance. So if you're pretty good at the Diablo III Auction House, you might be able to kiss your subscription fee goodbye.

This article was originally published on WoW Insider.