On a cold day, just before Christmas, someone had an idea: “What if, players were able to pay for a box and get nothing inside it? That would be amazing!”
Rejoice everyone from ASIA region, Holiday Ops are here and you can now get into the festivities together with the other regions and start buying your loot boxes! They cost almost the same as other regions, prices usually just vary because of the currency and, just because you are all very special, any boxes you buy won’t have any decorations on it and you even have a chance of getting nothing on it!
Wargaming decided that ASIA players would like to choose between four different boxes, allusive to each in-game collection just like other regions, but they wouldn’t be getting any decorations inside. At the moment, players are gambling for a price because they aren’t even guaranteed a price worth their money. But did Wargaming warn the players about this?
So yes, players thought they could buy boxes and get decorations, progress quickly through the Festive Atmosphere and get their rewards quickly, but instead, they got nothing.
The main issue with the previous text was, the link to the special website, was actually taking players to the Holiday Ops website, where you just select the boxes you want and you pay for them. The only way you can notice the boxes are different from other regions was by leaving the mouse on top of a box and reading the possible rewards:
That is misleading to the extreme, Wargaming Asia was actually trying to hide as much as possible to players they wouldn’t get their decorations! The second-way players were able to find out the boxes wouldn’t have decorations was if they bought the boxes directly from a second article about these boxes. Only there was a big warning saying:
Note: Decorations are not included in the Premium Shop crates. But you can find them by completing missions!
I’ve made Wargaming aware of these problems but got no reply at the moment, I was able to find on the Asia forum that Wargaming is looking into this, as players are getting angrier and more vocal about the issue. But one question still remains in everyone’s mind: Why would Wargaming make the boxes different for Asia?
It makes no logic at all and what’s even worse is the fact there are still bugs and players are getting nothing on their boxes. I’ll update the article accordingly as soon as more info is released.
Update #1 – 12:00
I’ve just found that the legal document where the Holiday Ops Campaign Rules for World of Tanks was edited after the campaign started! How? Using the magic of Google Cached View and just in case it disappears I’ve taken a couple of print screens.
The original document stated that each box would have Guaranteed content of:
- Holiday decoration (Holiday decoration Level 5) from the Traditional Christmas collection. Holiday decoration Level 5 includes one of the following decorations:
- Tree skirt decoration
- Tree topper
- House decoration
- Snowman decoration
- Outside garland
- Small lights.
- 250 Gold.
- Extra award.
Changing a document like this it’s illegal, as far as I know, and it can have serious consequences for Wargaming if this is taken further into legal action.
More updates will come as information is published.
Update # – 16:45
Please be informed that due to local regulations of the APAC region’s supported countries, Xmas Gift Boxes sold in the Premium Shop do not contain Decorations.
Decorations are available in our In-game Decoration Boxes, which can be earned by completing missions.
These in game Decoration boxes are set to award at a higher rate on the APAC server, due to the fact that they are not contained in the premium shop Xmas Gift Boxes.
Unfortunately, some of our announcements did not contain all of the correct information when the event launched on 22 Dec @ 14:00 UTC+8.
Due to this compensation will be issued to players who purchased the Xmas Gift Boxes from the Premium Shop prior to 23 Dec @ 00.01 SGT UTC+8, at a rate of 1160 shards per Premium Shop Xmas Gift Box.
In addition, all players will receive 5 Holiday In Game Decoration Boxes for their inconvenience, when they first login between now and the end of the event.
The WoT team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Enjoy the Holiday Ops!
Wargaming decided that instead of giving the decorations, players will receive 1,160 Shards per box they buy! Also, a supposed higher rate for the prizes that might come out is also set… My opinion? Wargaming is just trying to go over the mess they created and promise a higher rate that no one knows how much it is in the first place anyway.
Supposedly, APAC region can’t have decorations on the boxes, but it can have an unknow price and a random chance of winning a price or not? Yeah, sure! I’m sorry for all APAC players, you will be able to craft one Tier V decoration every two boxes you buy and that’s still worse than everyone else and that… is sad.