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About Blizzard Entertainment and PayPal

Blizzard EntertainmentBlizzard Entertainment, producer of epic game series such as Warcraft, Diablo and Starcraft and owner of biggest online gaming service is partner with PayPal. PayPal will be added as a payment method on 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 feature called Balance.

What is Balance?

In a nutshell, it is something like a PayPal account but for 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 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 Balance features can be found in Blizzard’s FAQ.

Wojtek is a pretty tall guy (2 meters / 6.56 feet) and doesn't talk much, so sometimes people think he looks down on them not only literally. But if you spend some time with him, you'll find out he's a really friendly person with a great sense of humor. Though still, at work (besides joking) he usually writes his code, sitting in the corner of the room with headphones on.

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