NCoins are odd things as they encourage Blade and Soul gold selling legitimately. Or buying, rather, as the case may be. Even then, it’s pretty surprising that, because of the legitimacy to buy BnS gold, NCSoft turns a blind eye to 3rd party gold sellers as the market is irreparably intertwined with them.
A lot of smarter players have taken advantage of this precedent by using their economic know-how in obtaining some of the best gear through the use of Blade and Soul gold. Again, it’s both technically legal and illegal depending on your sources but so long as you and whoever you bought gold from also buys NCoin, NCSoft really couldn’t care less.
It’s been brought to the attention of the public by many disgruntled players of Blade and Soul that the game has, inevitably, become pay-to-win. A lot of folks still say that it’s pay-to-progress due to the wildly varying definitions of P2W, but I think we can all accept the fact that being suited up in BiS gear without as much as stepping into a dungeon is pretty much “winning” in an MMO already. Even more so in Blade and Soul because PvP doesn’t have any gear progression so the only way to “win” in the game is to be able to obtain the best gear in PvE. Also take into account that NCSoft has been focusing on the PvE side of Blade and Soul as well, so it’s in that spectrum of the game that players are also focused on succeeding.
Blade and Soul Gold: A Golden Opportunity
But perhaps people are looking at this the wrong way. In this era of F2P and B2P popularity, a time where subscription MMOs no longer hold so much power in the landscape, developers and publishers have scrambled to both fight off the gold selling menace in games as well as making bank.
To solve this conundrum, a lot of companies, NCSoft and even Blizzard included, decided to get in on the gold selling market. People that sell Blade and Soul gold can’t be banned as long as they bought NCoin to get that gold in the first place, and the same thing applies to those that buy Blade and Soul gold. It’s something we can’t fight so long as we like to play F2P games and it’s pretty much how the Blade and Soul market works at present. Frankly, how else can they keep the servers running?