A word from our incipient overlords…

Joystiq has a fascinating interview with Hoyt Ma, project manager for World of Warcraft’s Chinese distribution.

The subscription model for WoW in China is different from other parts of the world. Instead of a monthly subscription fee, Chinese gamers purchase WoW Points cards for 30 Yuan ($3.64) that are worth 600 points. Points expire at a rate of 9 per hour of play, so this amounts to 66 hours and 40 minutes of play for each card at an average of .45 Yuan ($.06) per hour.