Even if massive multiplayer online role-playing games aren’t your thing, there’s no denying the breadth of World of Warcraft. It’s been a monolithic force in gaming for years now, and it’s been played by over a hundred million people. The MMORPG is so powerful, in fact, that as it stands now, its in-game currency is worth more than Venezuela’s real-life money, the bolivar.
Though we heard about it via The Blaze, Venezuelan Twitter user @KalebPrime tweeted his discovery on July 14, saying that on Venezuela’s black market, which NPR says is the most-used method of currency exchange in the country, you can exchange 8,493.97 bolivars for one U.S. dollar. At the same time, WoW tokens, which can be bought in-game for $20, are worth about 8385 gold per dollar.
It happened again, WoW gold is worth more than the Venezuelan Bolivar.
Black Market: Bs.F 8493.97 per USDWoW Token: ~8385g per USD. pic.twitter.com/Il7TVqYNsH
— Kaleb (@KalebPrime) July 14, 2017
Kaleb’s math is a bit out of date now, but time has only decreased the value of the bolivar. Dolartoday.com tracks the value of the bolivar on the black market, and as of this writing, it now takes 12,197.74 bolivars to equal one dollar. This is all mainly because at the moment, Venezuela isn’t in the greatest economic state. In May 2015, it only took 279 bolivars to equal one dollar, but inflation has caused that number to skyrocket.
Sure, it took a crumbling economy and one of the most successful video games of all time to have currencies valued at about the same worth, but it has happened.
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