Pay to not play

The Washington Post suddenly discovered this issue because they think they can tie Stephen Bannon to it

https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/steve-bannon-once-guided-a-global-firm-that-made-millions-helping-gamers-cheat/2017/08/04/ef7ae442-76c8-11e7-803f-a6c989606ac7_story.html

For several years, I played an online game called Runescape. Between the gold farmers and the efforts to stop the gold farmers, the game was drained of any entertainment value. Affluent mothers viewed the game as a cheap babysitter and would give their children real money to buy “stuff” in the game through third parties in order to advance without learning how to play the game or doing the boring repetitive “work”.

The most curious detail in the story was that Goldman Sachs got involved in the financing of the virtual gold exchange

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3 Responses to Pay to not play

  1. TheChairman says:

    My avatar has been sitting by a bridge listening to the minstrel for the past few years.

  2. briand75 says:

    So many games now are “in app purchases” that it makes you wonder how many billions the gaming universe is worth.

    • Fred Stiening says:

      The article made the point that IGE tried to persuade gaming companies that if they sold “gold”, there were billions of dollars to be made… at least in the short term

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