Lavarinth wrote:(Apologies on 'edit,' Xenon, that was my mistake I hit edit instead of quote.)
Ricky, I'm going to need a source on that consider millions of players pay for World of WarCraft from all over the world. Explain that one.
Can be quite annoying to find that blue post again somewhere that said that information in response to some random poster's question. Already quickly searched 50 pages and I didn't find it.
However, I believe you are missing part of it. Basically it would mean is an issue between payment between international PLAYERS (and not Blizzard itself). In WoW's case, I believe it is fairly easy since Blizzard is the sole benefactor with corporation support. They more or less only need a billing management per major continent/nation/country or whatever area size to deal with the payments.
Then whatever currency type, credit card or debit source has limited impact if they convert it into USA dollars down the road with whatever financial corporation for each area they use about it.
The issue as far as I understand is say you are from the USA and you want to pay a random Chinese guy's premium map. Your current type are American dollars from a MasterCard and the other guy is dealing with yuan (Chinese money) and uses ChienCha (imaginary name) Card.
Now there might be some minor issues for this specific case due to international stuff. Now consider that Blizzard would have to consider every nation-to-nation, payment type-to-payment type, currency-to-currency combo worldwide combined with all the various odd policies that there might be there. Can potentially be a nightmare.
For each individual major area to itself (ex : North America to North America), it's probably much less painful since there would be direct conversions from the various combos (ex : US dollars to Canadian dollars, Master Card to Visa, etc.) that Blizzard can probably benefit from each major area.
To the worst, feel free to consider all the above as bullshit. I really don't feel like searching a long time in Blizzard forums just for that.