World Bank: MMORPG Gold Farming Is A 3 Billion-Dollar Industry

Via BoingBoing:

A research arm of the World Bank has produced a comprehensive report on the size of the grey-market virtual world economy in developing countries — gold farming, power-levelling, object making and so on — and arrived at a staggering $3 billion turnover in 2009. They go on to recommend that poor countries be provided with network access and computers so this economy can be built up — a slightly weird idea, given how hostile most game companies are to this sort of thing.

From The World’s Bank Knowledge Map of the Virtual Economy (Available in PDF here):

“Jobs in the virtual economy include micro-tasks like categorizing products in online shops, moderating content posted to social media sites, or even playing online games on behalf of wealthier players who are too busy to tend to their characters themselves. The study estimates that the market for such gaming-for-hire services was worth $3 billion in 2009, and it suggests that with suitable mobile technologies even the least-developed countries could benefit from this emerging virtual economy…

[continues at BoingBoing]

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  • Mr. Coffee

    Here comes the taxes. Can I claim my RR82 Knight of the Blazing Sun as a dependant?

  • Mr. Coffee

    Here comes the taxes. Can I claim my RR82 Knight of the Blazing Sun as a dependant?

    • Hadrian999

      donations to guild a tax write off?

  • Hadrian999

    donations to guild a tax write off?

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    Whats funny is that the guy in the video hates bots as much as regular gamers do, but i bet the only reason he has a job, is because its much more difficult (and more expensive when you consider banned accounts) to get bot characters on games like WoW and the other MMO’s… However in reality, if their bosses could use a bot instead of him, they would in a heartbeat.

    I guess this is one “job” that has beaten the “robots taking all the jobs” scenario…..

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    Whats funny is that the guy in the video hates bots as much as regular gamers do, but i bet the only reason he has a job, is because its much more difficult (and more expensive when you consider banned accounts) to get bot characters on games like WoW and the other MMO’s… However in reality, if their bosses could use a bot instead of him, they would in a heartbeat.

    I guess this is one “job” that has beaten the “robots taking all the jobs” scenario…..

    • http://www.teachmetogame.com/purchase/rift-guides/rift-guide Rift Guide

      lol, it’s supposed to be illegal for them to do RMT too, but that hasn’t stopped them!

  • RoboKy

    Cory Doctorow’s For The Win is an excellent fictional look into this culture.

  • Robo Ky

    Cory Doctorow’s For The Win is an excellent fictional look into this culture.

  • http://bestmmorpg2011.com best mmorpg 2011

    OMG what the hell. I allways thought it was a farce. They seem so dodgy like no one would trust them.

  • http://bestmmorpg2011.com best mmorpg 2011

    OMG what the hell. I allways thought it was a farce. They seem so dodgy like no one would trust them.

  • http://www.teachmetogame.com Rift Guide

    lol, it’s supposed to be illegal for them to do RMT too, but that hasn’t stopped them!

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