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Posts tagged “gold farming”

Buy World Of Warcraft Subs For Gold With WoW Tokens

MMORPG players buying and selling virtual money for real money is, we all know, very naughty indeed. Folks who want to skip the grind end up driving up auction house prices for everyone, making the grind even grindier for those without cash to flash. MMOs tend to ban users buying gold (or credz, shillings, cybershillings...), but a few have introduced roundabout official ways to do…

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Chinese Prisoners Used As Gold Farmers?

This one's a little disturbing, so if you're in a good mood then proceed with caution. The Guardian has spoken to a Chinese man by the pseudonym of Liu Dali who claims that during his spell in a prison in North-East China, among the traditional back-breaking labour of breaking rocks and "whittling chopsticks and toothpicks from planks of wood", the guards also made him and…

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World Bank Estimates 100k Gold Farmers

A report over on the BBC website highlights research done by the World Bank on virtual economies. The report, which can be found here (PDF link, and full of other stuff about the virtual economy), suggests that gold and item farming in MMOs was worth $3bn in 2009, and employs up to 100,000 people in China and Vietnam. That's a lot of virtual shoulder pads,…

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China Bans Goldfarming (Not)

Update: see this blog entry. Informationweek has reported that the Chinese government's latest internet reforms include a ban on trading virtual currency for real currency. Richard Heeks at the University of Manchester, who is quoted in the report, estimates that around 80% of the world's gold farming takes place in China. Furthermore: "The Chinese government estimates that trade in virtual currency exceeded several billion yuan…

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