Creative Destruction

June 15, 2006

Nerd Sweatshops Banned

Filed under: Content-lite — Tuomas @ 3:26 pm

I'm glad I haven't hooked up on World Of Warcraft, 'cause it sounds pretty addictive.

Addictive enough that some wealthier first-world players had a habit of paying poorer third-world players real money for collecting them fictitious money in the game all day long, i.e. "Gold Mining" (yes, it has it's own term).

Blizzard entertainment felt it was cheating (and possibly wanted to avoid political debate), and banned the practice, suspending thousands of player accounts.

Nobody asked me, but if some first-worlder is dumb enough to pay real money to someone poorer for playing a frigging computer game, then I don't think the third-worlder is the loser there.

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