World of Warcraft already offered an external cash shop; it sold character transfers and sparkleponies and similar mundanities for years. But this week, Blizzard confirmed that the almost-nine-year-old MMO will soon receive an in-game cash shop. Though it's called a Pet Store, the shop hopes to sell subscribers more than mere minipets; Blizzard also wants you to pay for cosmetic gear and TCG-inspired toys. Is Blizz double-dipping or just aligning with the times? Like it or not, it's probably both.
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