A Gamespot.com article reports that Blizzard is now offering a World of Warcraft Visa card, in partnership with First National Bank. Called the World of Warcraft Rewards Visa, applicants can choose from 13 different artistic designs. Users of the card will earn free game time at the rate of 1% of purchases. Applications can be made online.
As the story notes, such a move by Blizzard carries a degree of irony. Blizzard has taken a strong stance against linking in-game activity to real money transactions. While this card does not in any way appear to sanction RMTs, it does establish a formal link between the real world and the virtual world.