Ok, so firstly, sorry if this question has been asked 1000 times, but I had a look and can't find the answer.
I ordered a downloadable purchase from gamesplanet last week, played the headstart. I got my product key in an email this morning, FINALLY found the link to activate the game (the main page lol.. last place I looked).
Once I enter the key it takes me straight to a subscription page, it states '30 days free' but there is not an option to proceed without paying for a further subscription.
So I just left the page thinking maybe that was it activated.. but I still dont have my 500 c-store points.
So... do I need to subscribe an additional month before I get my points?
I've been involved in several MMO launches, too, and I can't recall one where I didn't have to enter billing info at launch. It's perfectly normal. If you don't want to enter it, though, then I guess you won't get to play.
to be 100% clear, WoW DOES NOT require you to enter billing info ANYMORE. They did at launch and up to I believe a couple years ago. But yeah, outside of WoW, every game requires billing info. You can activate gametime cards on your account to avoid billing or you can cancel as soon as you start your subscription at which point you'll get the 30 days and won't be billed.