2014-02-07T18:11:01Z http://www.mmocrunch.com/feed/atom/ WordPress Macb3th <![CDATA[Elder Scrolls Online Closed Beta Key Giveaway]]> http://www.mmocrunch.com/?p=28787 2014-02-07T18:11:01Z 2014-02-07T18:11:01Z

Our favorite gaming market site EpicNPC is giving away 15 closed beta keys today for the upcoming ESO stress test this weekend. The next closed beta is tomorrow from Saturday February 8th between 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM EST, however these keys will give you access to all the betas after tomorrow as well.

They’ll be posting the Elder Scrolls Online closed beta keys publicly on their Facebook page so it’s a first-come-first-server type of giveaway. Good luck to everyone.

 

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Macb3th <![CDATA[How to safely purchase a HearthStone beta key]]> http://www.mmocrunch.com/?p=28779 2013-12-10T01:00:51Z 2013-12-09T19:49:57Z

This guide is specifically for the new trading-card-game (TCG) HearthStone, but really it can be applied to any beta key.

While it might seem fairly simple to buy or sell a beta key, there’s lots of scammers looking to take advantage since it’s very difficult to prove if a key has been used or not before the sale. The number one problem that arises is once you get the key it’s either fake or has already been used. To help you out I’ve outline what you should do before you buy a beta key so you can verify it’s real and hasn’t already been used.

If the seller you are buying from already has good feedback, you probably can trust the key is real and can skip the below steps. However if it’s someone with less than 5 feedbacks, I would highly recommend following all the steps.

Before you buy a Hearthstone beta key

  1. Tell the seller to register a brand new email address. (Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo, whatever)
  2. Using that new email, register a brand new Bnet account.
  3. The seller then applies the beta key to that new Bnet account
  4. Tell the seller to take a screenshot from the game page showing that the new Bnet account has access to Hearthstone.

Once these steps are complete this proves the key is legit and has not been used already. The only down side to this is that you can’t add the key to your own Bnet account, however considering how expensive some beta keys are, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Now you and the seller are ready to make the exchange.

  • As always the person with more feedback goes first.  People sell virtual accounts and beta keys on sites like Armorybids so check their feedback there. If you both have none or the same amount, normally the buyer goes first.
  • As the buyer, send half payment upfront.
  • The seller then provides you the Bnet login info
  • Send the second half payment
  • The seller then gives you the login info to the email address that they created above.

At this point the transaction is complete and you should change the password on both the Bnet account and email. If you can, depending what game it is, change the recover question/answer also. Do this for the email address as well because most email providers today have a recovery question that can be used to take back the email.  You don’t want the seller to be able to do that. Again better safe than sorry.

This concludes our HearthStone beta key guide for buying and selling. I hope all your trades are safe ones.

 

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Macb3th <![CDATA[Major FFXIV Database Exploit revealed]]> http://www.mmocrunch.com/?p=28774 2013-10-15T17:55:35Z 2013-10-15T17:55:04Z

It seems Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn players have found an exploit that allows players to level their characters within minutes by taking advantage of a major database exploit that allows players to edit their characters info directly.

The exploit was found via the Lau scripting that FFXIV uses and JSON which is an API query used to retrieve character info for the Lodestone armory, which is normally a one way street. You can make request to get info on your character, but you can’t send requests to change the character. It seems with this exploit you can. Players can send commands to LAU to directly edit their characters.

Players can level their characters instantly to the cap or give themselves 50 billion gil if they wish. Players can also take any item they currently have and send a request to change that item into anything they want.

There have been some major exploits in the past, like Neverwinter over the summer that required them to roll back their servers to fix the economy after players were able to create billions out out of thin air, but this one makes that look like nothing.

This exploit will not doubt require a full server roll back to fix the game and as of this point Square Enix have not even acknowledged there is a problem.

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Macb3th <![CDATA[Half of Runescape players buy gold every month]]> http://www.mmocrunch.com/?p=28769 2013-09-25T19:53:48Z 2013-09-25T19:53:25Z

That’s right 40-50% of all Runescape players buy gold from black market sellers every month. Based on that figure that most likely means that the percentage of RS players who have bought gold and one time or another is much much higher. I mean if half of your player base is buying gold every single month, then you’re probably looking at 80-90% of Runescape players that have bought gold at least.

To combat this Jagex has just announced Runescape Bonds, similar to Eve Online’s PLEX system. Basically players buy bonds for real money, then can use those bonds to pay for their monthly subscription. Players that make lots of gold can buy bonds allowing them to play for free. Bonds are also freely tradable so you can also use them as a currency to buy items from other players.

Jagex is hoping this will kill the gold farming business that has thrived for so long and improve the economy for all.

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Macb3th <![CDATA[GTA Online will have a store]]> http://www.mmocrunch.com/?p=28763 2013-09-24T18:04:20Z 2013-09-24T17:30:51Z

Looks like GTA 5′s online mode named GTA Online will have a microtransction store where players will be able to spend real money for in-game money.  First posted on REDDIT it seems an XML file showed 4 options for player to buy game cards worth $100,000 to $1.25 million for real life cash, although prices were not included.

This could turn Rockstar into a cash cow in the say way World of Warcraft has been for Blizzard for the last decade. The barrier between real money and in-game money is fading fast in the gaming industry as studios who once proclaimed real money ruins the game experience are now jumping in with both feet into that same market.

Of course Rockstar’s system is a one way street with players only being able to purchase in-game money, but not withdraw. This of course opens up a black market for those looking to make some real-life cash for playing. For those people there’s EpicNPC and their new GTA Online forum for precisely that, plus you can sell your entire account if you want.

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Macb3th <![CDATA[Free TERA Level 58 accounts!]]> http://www.mmocrunch.com/?p=28758 2013-09-20T15:06:55Z 2013-09-20T15:06:35Z

En Masse is running a three day promotion that allows all new and existing players to create one free instant lavel 58 TERA character.

New characters created today Thursday, September 19 at 10 a.m. PST until Sunday, September 22 at 11:59 p.m. PST will be eligible for the instant leveling.

All you need to do is when creating your character assign a name ending in “.Levelup”

If you want to make some quick money, register as many accounts as you can, making sure to change your IP address each time otherwise only one account will get upgraded. Once you have your level 58 accounts you can either sell them as is or spend some time leveling to 60 and sell them at a higher price.

http://tera-forums.enmasse.com/forums/general-discussion/topics/Level-Up-Test-Event-Limited-Chance-for-a-Free-Level-58-Character-94757

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Macb3th <![CDATA[Diablo 3 auction house shutting down!]]> http://www.mmocrunch.com/?p=28753 2013-09-17T19:05:52Z 2013-09-17T19:05:27Z

With Loot 2.0 on it’s way Blizzard has finally decided to pull the plug on the auction house, both gold and real money, allowing Diablo 3 to get back to it’s roots. Players will once again have to create trade channels and scour for better loot and gear directly with other players as it was meant to be.

Of course this means the black market for Diablo 3 will explode once the auction house is shut down on March 18 2014. Many players who were making real money playing D3 will obviously not want to stop simply because Blizzard no longer wants the AH. Many players who normally wouldn’t have anything to do with RMT have also now gotten a feel for it, so it’s likely that a larger percentage of players will now dabble in the black market as compared to D2.

My personal favorite Diablo 3 market is Armorybids.com, they have categories for accounts, items, leveling services and gold, pretty much everything you need and while it’s not very active now, look for that to change in a big way next year with the closure of the official auction house.

 

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Macb3th <![CDATA[How to safely buy or sell a League of Legends account]]> http://www.mmocrunch.com/?p=28745 2013-09-14T18:07:42Z 2013-09-14T18:06:05Z

Being involved in account selling I’ve come to notice that League of Legends is one of the riskier games to buy, sell or trade in. There are many factors involved, but before I discuss the steps you can take to protect yourself, I’ll first discuss the problems.

There are multiple issues with why buying a LoL account might not be safe and they all stem from the account settings page and Riot’s recovery procedure.

First is the fact the LoL support account is a separate login from the main LoL account. So when you buy an account you can’t see if there have been any issues with it. Even if you are given the support account, you will not be able to tell if it’s the right one. The seller can just create a new one and tell you that it’s it.

Second the buyer cannot see the email address on the account. This is important because knowing the original email address greatly increases security. Since you cannot see this, the seller can change the email address to something else before selling it, then use the original email address to recover the account after the sale.

Thirdly there is no way for either party, buyer or seller, to prove that an account was stolen after a sale. No emails are sent my Riot which means it cannot be determined if the seller stole the account back or if the buyer just changed the login info and is lying to try to get their money back. Furthermore Riot Support will not disclose whether someone contacted them to recall the account, so this is a dead end.

So how do you safely buy a League of Legends account?

Verifying Account Info

  1. Ask the seller for the Summoner name and check the account on a site like LoLKing.net
  2. Ask for the current email address on the account.
  3. Tell the seller you will be initiating a Password Reset using the Summoner name given in step #1.  Tell the seller NOT to click the link in the email they receive.
    • Ask the seller for a screenshot for the password reset email

    • This tells you the current email address on the account and that it belongs to the username given in Step #1 (Now you know the current email on the account)
      • Keep in mind this does not prove it is the original email address, just the current.
  4. Ask the seller if he can included the email address associated with the account in the sale (Optional)
    • Having control of the email address that is associated with the LoL greatly increases security.
      • If the seller agrees to give you the email account, make sure to change the security question along with the password for the email account so it cannot be recalled later.
    • If the seller cannot do that, perhaps because it’s an email address they are actively using, then just use your own email address.
  5. Before payment is sent, the buyer needs to see the Support account that is associated with the email address from Step #2 & 3,
    • Because the Support password reset page (https://support.leagueoflegends.com/access/help) gives a positive response no matter what email address you enter there is no way to know if there is an Support account for the email address without screensharing.
      • If you use Skype you can screenshare, the seller can then log into the support account and show you the tickets.
      • If the seller is claiming there is no support account, tell them to log into their email account, then while screensharing reset the password from the link above. Watch the sellers email account for a min or two to see if a reset email comes in.
        • If it does, then obviously there is a support account associated with that email address.
        • If it does not, then there probably is no support account.
  6. Now you should be fairly comfortable with the account and ready to make payment. However I highly recommend using an Middleman which you can find at EpicNPC. They can hold the payment for you until you have full control of the account.

Payment and Info Exchange

  1. Once everything has been verified the buyer should send payment to the seller
  2. The seller should then give the buyer the League of Legends login info.
    • The seller should also give the buyer the Support account login and control of the email address from Step #4 above if possible.
  3. The buyer should change the password and email address on the LoL account
    • If the buyer was given the support account, the password and email should be changed
    • If the buyer was give the current email address, the password and security question should be changed

If a seller is willing to go through all these steps, they’re most likely a legit seller as most scammers tend to have no patience and want to complete the sale ASAP.

Even by taking all these measures this will still not 100% secure a League of Legends account, but it will greatly increase your chances.  As always do your research before buying or selling anything, use reputable sites like ArmoryBids.com where they have feedback and verification systems to help increase safety and remember to always follow the most important rule “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is”.

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Macb3th <![CDATA[Where to buy or sell a WoW account?]]> http://www.mmocrunch.com/?p=28734 2013-09-04T17:32:27Z 2013-09-04T17:26:59Z

The time might come eventually when you either want to quit playing World of Warcraft or maybe you just want to reroll, but not start over, so what do you do? Well if you’re not against selling your WoW account you can make a few bucks off of it depending what type of gear, titles, mounts and pets you have. Then use that money to buy yourself a brand new level 90 character. However selling an account isn’t as easy or very safe if you’ve never done it before.

  • Where do I sell my account?
  • Is the safe site?
  • What info do I give the buyer?

These are just a few questions you might be asking yourself once you decided that selling your Warcraft account is the way to go. So lets start with the first question, “Where do I sell my account?”. There’s  fortunately lots of places to sell your account, but when you boil it down there’s really only three types of sites.

  1. Resellers
  2. Forums
  3. Auction sites

WoW Account Re-sellers

First up are reseller sites. These are businesses that buy and sell tons of account, but have to be able to resell the account they purchase from you to make a profit for themselves. The pro is that most likely if you pick a good reseller it will be a fairly easy process and you won’t have to worry about the payment being charge-backed or disputed. However the con is that you often get a very low price for your account since the re-sellers needs to be able to make a profit as well.

WoW Trading Forums

Next are trading forums, most of which are free and often have some form of verification to increase safety. My favorite by far, which also happens to be the largest RMT forum around is EpicNPC.com. You can find just about every MMO game and even MOBAs and online shooters there. They have three verification levels ranging from free to lost cost ($3) to high cost ($10) so as long as you stick to verified members you should be fine. The pro obviously is since you’re selling the wow account yourself you’ll make more money. The con that it’s not as safe, however if you sell it to someone that’s verified and has good feedback you really shouldn’t run into any issues.

WoW Auction Sites

Lastly we come to auction sites. Similar to trading forums you are again selling your account directly to a buyer, so once again the biggest pro is that you will make more money for your character. Currently there are two major auctions sites where you can sell your WoW account, but there are also a munch of smaller ones;  PlayerAuctions and Armorybids.com. PA has much, much higher fees ranging from 14% – 19% of the sale price depending what you’re selling while Armorybids is the opposite ranging from 1-2% but does not provide a guarantee.

Both sites offer verification systems through phone and Paypal, so both are fairly safe. As with forums, you want to sell to someone that has been verified and has good reputation.  I personally have sold over a dozen items and accounts on Armorybids over the years and have never had any issues.

Those are your three main choices when it comes to buying or selling your World of Warcraft account or really any online gaming account. It really comes down to whether or not you’re comfortable selling to a buyer directly or if you prefer to sell it to a business for a lesser amount of money.

I’ll post posting a guide to how to buy and sell safely in the near future.

 

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Macb3th <![CDATA[WoW gold comparison on EpicNPC]]> http://www.mmocrunch.com/?p=28725 2013-04-21T14:58:22Z 2013-03-20T15:26:01Z

We all know buying gold in World of Warcraft is big business and a big portion of players, whether they admit it or not, do buy wow gold from time to time. If you happen to be one of those players, you’ll be happy to hear that EpicNPC has a spiffy new WoW gold store that compares the prices from lots of sellers to provide the cheapest prices to buyers.

The store lists gold prices from members, many of which are major gold sellers and have websites of their own, displays their verification status and feedback rating, then the price of gold they are selling. The buyer simply needs to click the buy link to make their order.

While other sites have a WoW gold comparison chart similar to this one, those are usually prices that are imported from gold selling websites, many times outdated or the site stops working so the prices our inaccurate Here the members update the prices themselves and since they active members of EpicNPC the prices are always current. If a seller does become inactive, EpicNPC removes them from the store, so buyers don’t have to worry about this type of thing.

Another feature not found on many other sites is a WoW gold trending chart which shows the price of gold over the last 30 days. This can help buyers to determine if it’s the right time to buy or if they should wait a little while for prices to go back down. So if you’re in market for some extra wow currency, I suggest checking out the EpicNPC store for the best prices around.

 

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