19 Oct 2021 6:06 AM +00:00 UTC

Blizzard Co-Lead Criticized After Streaming In-Game Sales With His Guild

World of Warcraft players were been quick to criticize recently promoted Co-Lead Mike Ybarra after he tweeted he was going live to stream his guild raid, which consisted of selling a Heroic Sanctum of Domination boosting run, the latest raid tier in World of Warcraft Shadowlands.

Boosting has been a controversial topic in the World of Warcraft community recently, with Blizzard finally acknowledging the issue of spam in the group finder and trade chat, and announcing more action to be taken in patch 9.1.5.

Mike Ybarra was welcomed by players early in August when he was announced as one of the Co-Leads of Blizzard alongside Jen Oneal after previous President J. Allan Brack left the company during the ongoing State of California Lawsuit.

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Prior to this event, Ybarra has been popular in the community as he actively plays the game and does so at a reasonably high level, and often shares his achievements on Twitter, and streams gameplay over on his Twitch account.

Read more: Blizzard Are Taking Action To Counter Boosting And Sale Spam In-Game.

Blizzard Co-Lead Criticized After Streaming In-Game Sales With His Guild

While "boosting" is not against the terms of service, there has been an increase in the number of players selling boosts recently, although the concept has been around forever in World of Warcraft and any online game.

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Many high-end guilds choose to participate in sale runs after the tier is over for them, as the cost of raiding can be quite expensive at times, and this money is often divided between the players and the guild bank.

Many people do not have a problem with raid sales but do so with the constant Mythic+ spam from "boosting communities" in-game.

Players believe it hurts the integrity of the game and diminishes the achievement of content in the game.

Whether you agree with boosting or not, it is not a bannable offense, but maybe not something that should be advertised by the leaders of Blizzard.