European hits World of Warcraft gold limit

Worth roughly USD 6450 in real life.

A mysterious gamer from Germany has hit the World of Warcraft gold limit.

The incredible figure is now known to stand at 217, 748 gold, 36 silver and 48 copper. According to programming boffins he is awfully lucky, too, because had Blizzard not included a cap or limit, then he could have ploughed over and dramatically reversed his fortune into negative numbers. Something to do with a database and multicoloured giraffes.

For those unfamiliar with World of Warcraft riches, consider that buying 1000 gold from a third-party source might possibly (covering bases) cost around USD 30. Then, simply pop the sums into a calculator and his mountain of gold is worth roughly USD 6450. Goodness.

Apparently this is not the first time the limit has been hit, either. According to MMO Champion a US character reached it a few months ago, verifying the numerical cap. Shots of the various bank balances can be found there too.

In both cases Game Masters (in-game helpers) were flummoxed and could only suggest spreading the wealth to the banks of other characters as a solution.

As to how the number got so high. Well, official World of Warcraft forum members point this character out as leader of the largest guild on the server and top ten in the world.

The benefits of being so powerful mean you can literally run others through difficult dungeons for a cost and sell all the benefits from your fast raiding to the highest bidders, apparently netting this bank character an absolute fortune.

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