Tibia Coins vs Tibia Gold
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Tibia Coins vs Tibia Gold
Tibia is one of the oldest MMORPGs to date. Initially released back in 1997 Tibia will celebrate its 20th birthday in less than 2 years!
Tibia is a game originally designed for and still sporting a vibrant player driven economy. Originally all commodities in the game were exclusively looted or produced by players. However, in July 2015 after 18 years of player driven economy the Tibia coin was released. The Tibia coin is a micro transaction that the players can buy on the official website. Tibia coins can be used in 3 different ways:
- You can purchase various perks and modifications for your character such as outfits, mounts, name changes and world transfers in the in-game store.
- You can gift them to other players on any world via the in-game store.
- You can exchange them for gold through the in-game market.
Depending on your country and payment method the Tibia coins may not be transferable for the first 6 months. This is a security measure taken by CipSoft to minimize fraud. You can only gift coins to other players or exchange them for gold once they are transferable. So without further ado lets look upon the Tibia coin and see it for what it really is. The transferable Tibia coin is a pay to win microtransaction that lets players buy gold by spending real money.
For anyone still confused about gold and coins we have put together a list detailing the differences between the two currencies:
|Tibia Coin||Tibia Gold|
|Can Buy Officially?||Yes||No|
|Available in the game?||No||Yes|
*Depending on payment method, may not be transferable for 6 months.
You may be surprised to know that the value of Tibia coins in gold is much higher in some worlds than others. You can become much much richer by buying the same number of coins in a world such as Aurora compared to many other worlds . Below we supply current exchange rates across all worlds:
|Server||Type||Coin in gp price|
|Calva||Retro Open PvP||10200|
|Calvera||Retro Open PvP||11640|
|Chrona||Retro Open PvP||2900|
|Eldera||Retro Open PvP||2500|
|Morta||Retro Open PvP||2900|
|Mortera||Retro Open PvP||6200|
Now that 4 months have passed since the introduction of the coin there is a nagging question that needs answering:
Why has not the grey market disappeared or shown any sign of retreat?
There will always be a grey market in MMORPGs as long as players can exchange goods and/or services for several rasons:
- It is less cumbersome and much faster to buy gold directly on the grey market compared to first buying coins and then gold with the coins. Especially when factoring in the 6 month delay imposed for most payment methods in the official Tibia store.
- All players love the idea of getting real money in return for all the time they have spent grinding the game and players can always undercut official prices when they sell off their valuables. This in combination with the fact that CipSoft has not managed to tackle the bots that swamp the game explains the large and steadily replenished quantities of affordable gold on the grey market.
- Players prefer to buy on the grey market without any intermediaries because it makes the game feel more real.
- There is very little conflict between the grey market place and the official market place because they cater to different players with different goals and backgrounds. The more Internet savvy players will always scan the grey market for bargains and specific products and services unavailable via official channels while less experienced as well as more charitable players will always go by official channels. The markets are complementary and makes the game more enjoyable for players of all levels and principles.
CipSoft is not the first game company to have introduced indirect exchange of in-game gold for real money. They grey market is huge and many game companies have given up on fighting it and done the most profitable thing - made a full turnaround. In big games like World of Warcraft, Runescape, and EVE Online similar exchange schemes were introduced long before it came to Tibia and the grey market is still going strong in all of them. It should be noted that at one point in time when the game company Jagex was still fighting real money trading they introduced a trade limit in Runescape preventing quick wealth transfer between players. However, this did not stop the grey market because there are always workarounds. The only thing it accomplished was to alienate players from the game they used to love. Thus, the device that the game companies behind these games have all finally taken to heart is: If you can’t fight it, join in on it.
Ultimately, money talks and bullshit walks and the grey MMORPG market is here to stay. In Tibia as well as in the rest of the games.