Blizzard has just recently banned 100,000 World of Warcraft game accounts linked to gold farming, gold buying, and power leveling. Many gold farming companies in China were forced to downsize and raise prices even higher than they are now. But what does that mean for us regular gamers and (sometimes) gold buying and power leveling end-users?
Being banned after power leveling is becoming more and more frequent. So frequent, in fact, that almost all accounts that powerlevel, end up being banned within 1-3 months. How does Blizzard so easily find and ban power levelers? Since almost all (if not all) power leveling companies are in China, Blizzard easily tracks and “red-flags” any accounts used by a computer in China. There are have been many widespread reports of banned accounts from power leveling, although the companies will take no responsibility for it.
Power leveling companies have been offering lower and lower prices for their services – prices reaching as low as $150 from 1-60. The problem is, they know your account will get banned, and will take no responsibility for it. So the problem arises, how does the average hard-working person with little time on his hands get a powerful avatar that won't get banned?
The only way secure way to escape detection is to acquire an account from a US player who no longer wants his account. And with the ability to transfer your character to any server, honestly there is almost no difference than powerleveling.
But with EBay shutting down virtually almost every auction, how does one do that? You could buy accounts at IGE.com, but the problem is their prices are astronomically high, and they do not go through any through processes of making sure the account you buy won't be taken back by the original owner. One website that solely buys and sells accounts and maintains good security procedures is Warcraft Loot. They enable you to change the email on your account so you aren't at risk of having your account taken back.
So now you know – power leveling services will soon be history once people realize that accounts get banned. The only safe alternative is to buy accounts.