Sunday, June 26, 2011

World of Warcraft, how gold is made to sell

Playing World of Warcraft you often see people trying to sell gold to players in the game, i found this article which says how some of the gold

A 54-year-old former prison guard, was jailed for three years for illegallypetitioning the Chinese government to crack down on corruption. By day,Liu was forced to labour in the Jexi labor camp in northeast China, breaking rocks in coal mines, carving chopsticks and toothpicks out of planks of wood,and assembling car seat covers.

But after hours, he had more work to do "gold farming." Liu says prisoners are forced to buildup credits in online games such as World of Warcraft The credits are then sold to gamers overseas for real cash.

Prison bosses made more money forcing inmates to play games than they do forcing people to do manual labour," Liu told the Guardian. "There were 300 prisoners forced to play games. They worked 12-hour shifts in the camp. It was heard they could earn 5,000-6,000rmb [£470-570] a day. The prisoners didn't see any of the money though.

Link to article