‘World of Warcraft’ gold is worth 7 times more than Bolivia’s currency
Venezuela’s currency, the bolívar, has been drastically losing value on the global market ahead of its reform in June. The bolívar has lost so much value that World of Warcraft‘s in-game currency is now worth seven times more than it.
Ever since Blizzard introduced the WoW Token, World of Warcraft‘s in-game gold has had a more direct comparison to real-world markets. WoW tokens can be bought with real money ($20) and then sold on the World of Warcraft auction house for gold. Players who buy a WoW token with gold get to redeem it for $15 on their Blizzard account, which is equal to one month of WoW playtime.
With the bolívar becoming less and less valuable on the global market, Fortune noticed that its latest freefall has made it roughly seven times less valuable than gold in World of Warcraft.
According to the website WoWTokenPrices, which tracks the gold value of WoW Tokens, a $20 token will net you just over 200,000 gold. That means $1 is worth roughly 10,000 gold.
Meanwhile, according to Google, $1 is worth roughly 69,900 bolívares. The economy in Azeroth has been having a much better time than that of Venezuela.
Not only has the bolívar tanked dramatically since 2016, the value of gold in WoW has continuously gone up. Last August, Fortune reported that WoW gold was worth about twice as much as the bolívar, which at the time seemed extreme.
The value of the bolívar will change in June when the country redenominates the money to cut down on the huge amount of inflation. Soon, the new bolívar will be worth 1,000 current bolívares.