"World of Warcraft" is a subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) that costs between $12.99 USD and $14.99 USD per month, as of January 2015. The monthly cost is determined by how many months a user subscribes.
The most cost-effective payment option available is to purchase gaming time in increments of six months. As of January 2015, this amount of gaming time costs $77.94, which works out to $12.99 per month. Users should keep in mind that these rates are billed up front for the entire gaming period and are not billed monthly.
The second most cost-effective option is to purchase gaming time in periods of three months. This would cost the user $41.97, which equates to $13.99 per month, as of January 2015.
The most flexible option, which allows a user to purchase gaming time on a month-by-month basis, is $14.99 per month. Players can use this plan to play for as little as one month.
Apart from the routine cost to play the game, "World of Warcraft" also requires users to make a one-time purchase of the original game. Optional expansion packs are available for purchase. These packs add new content and capabilities not seen in the original game.