Hearthstone Players Speak Out as Blizzard Raises Pack Prices in Several Countries
In light of some big changes recently implemented by Blizzard, Hearthstone players are lashing out with rage. Unfortunately, many countries in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East will be seeing a significant hike in prices for card packs. The countries that this change will affect are: Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Lebanon, Morocco, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Turkey, Egypt, India, Pakistan, and Nigeria.
We regularly look at our pricing around the world, and from time to time we make changes such as these to align with local and regional market conditions. The price of the Un’Goro prelaunch bundle offer will not be affected by this change and will remain the same until launch.
This plan will be effective beginning March 22nd, 2017 – that’s just a little over a week away. Several threads on Reddit have been sparking conversations between Hearthstone players, all sharing their complete disapproval and resentment for the company’s move. No other games are seeing price mark ups or changes at this time and some players on Reddit couldn’t help, but notice. “It is much easier for a new player to spot how ridiculously overpriced this game has become and never consider playing it,” said LordMalkoth. “Three expansions [a] year and removal of adventures is going to help this as well. Good job!”
On the other hand, another user witnessed the change from a different perspective. More or less, it was a much more analytical viewpoint denoting an “it makes sense” approach. By comparing the exchange rates of the present since the debut of Hearthstone in 2014, the exchange rates for some of these countries have adjusted dramatically. Instead of being a plain ol’ greedy corporation, they’re altering prices to fit the economic shifts.
“Now I know it may be the unpopular fact right now, but as you can see the exchange rates are much different now than back then and actually, pack prices are actually cheaper, relative to the US dollar, than they were upon release,” said Buttchouda. “Furthermore, take a look at the current (listed as “Old”) price to USD ratio! Those purchasing packs with Euros or GBP are getting packs at a great deal compared to the US.”
The user was referencing an excel sheet they created for visual representation and it isn’t difficult to see their reasoning. At the same time, price changes are tough to swallow, despite the circumstances. Many players are even recommending that others to switch to a different game and among them are Gwent, Pokémon Trading Card Game Online, Duelyst, Shadowverse, and Magic The Gathering.
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