We always thought that Blizzard probably had enough money to buy an island somewhere and finally build Blizzard World with a bunch of World of Warcraft, but we never suspected their fake money would be worth more than someone’s real-world currency. Turns out, we were wrong! A new report from Fortune shows that the gold used as the primary currency in World of Warcraft is worth more on the free market than the Bolivar, which is Venezuela’s currency. Here’s how the company broke down the math to show their findings.
Here’s how the math works out. Per Google, one U.S. dollar is worth 68,915 bolivar. Compare that to the price of WoW tokens, official in-game credits that can be used to extend a player’s play time or buy in-game items. Tokens can be bought with either $20 real world cash or sold for a fluctuating amount of in-game gold. One tracking service lists the current gold price of a token as 203,035 pieces. That works out to about 10,152 gold gaming pieces per USD. By those calculations, World of Warcraft virtual gold would be worth 6.8 times as much as the Bolivar.
Now granted, it’s not like you can take your gold out of your Blizzard account like Bitcoin and start spending it like crazy in the country to buy up land and own the place, but it is an interesting study of how digital currency (even fake currency) is making an impact online. Trust us, we’re all slowly gravitating toward one-world currency that will all be digital. Maybe not in our lifetime, but its headed there.