Blizzard Entertainment, producer of epic game series such as Warcraft, Diablo and Starcraft and owner of biggest online gaming service Battle.net is partner with PayPal. PayPal will be added as a payment method on Battle.net platform and will be payment service partner for the auction house in upcoming Diablo III. I think that was a natural course of things because, according to PayPal, over 70% of gamers are their clients.
This “news” is not that new, but it is worth mentioning, since Blizzard recently announced new Battle.net feature called Balance.
What is Balance?
In a nutshell, it is something like a PayPal account but for Battle.net purposes only. Balance account could be funded with a debit and credit cards or some local payment methods, and then used to acquire items from the game’s auction house based on real money or buy games and other Blizzard products. If you sell some items found in the game on auction house based on real money, it will go to your Balance account as well, Blizzard will charge some fee if you sell something.
Funds on Battle.net Balance (i.e. real money) can be cashed out via PayPal for some additional fee but only in certain regions (Blizzard is facing some local legal barriers in some regions). More about Battle.net Balance features can be found in Blizzard’s FAQ.