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EVE Online is set apart from most MMOs out there in that players find ways to establish and run large financial ventures within the game. What's interesting is that although such initiatives aren't developer-supported, players still put together banks, IPOs, and other types of investments peripheral...

November 26th 2008 at 7:00pm 0 Comments
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While much of the world's gold farming activity is based in mainland China, the black market industry operates in violation of the law. Despite this, a large part of the problem in curbing illegal activities in China is that there's a substantial divide between what the law states is illegal and the...

November 3rd 2008 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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Given the drastic real world economic shifts of late, is it unreasonable to assume that there will be repercussions in virtual worlds and MMOs? That's the gist of a question posed by CBBC, a longtime commentator at the Terra Nova blog, but specifically he asks: "What now for virtual economies? What...

October 15th 2008 at 6:00pm 0 Comments
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This idea's been floated before, but a few people on the forums have responded pretty enthusiastically to the notion of introducing a "guild income tax." Others...not so much so. Basically, there was a proposal made in the Beta forums that Blizzard give GM's/officers the ability to levy a percentage...

September 5th 2008 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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For many players, the mysteries of a virtual economy are best left as that -- a mystery. The numbers, the abundance of terminology, it all conspires to create an environment where players generally don't want to know why the economy works, they just know that they'd rather it did than it didn't. Is...

May 5th 2008 at 4:00pm 0 Comments
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Logging into World of Warcraft to check the mailbox for a new treasure trove of gold is pretty normal. Logging into WoW and seeing Taxman102 spamming the trade channel about new tax laws is not very normal. In fact, some people find that more frightening than an angry raid leader deprived of sleep....

April 18th 2008 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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Out of sunny Florida comes a storm ready to rain on the parade of gold sellers everywhere. Gold seller IGE has found itself sinking deeper into a stack of complaints thanks to one concerned gamer. Antonio Hernandez is fed up with the spam, inflation, and annoyance that stems from gold selling and h...

April 8th 2008 at 10:00am 0 Comments
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With EVE continuing to amaze economic researchers due to the complexity of its economic system, I decided it would be a good idea to unload my turrets, dock, and see what it was all about. I created a trader, trained up a little, and began to wrap my hands around any resources I could hog.I was extr...

March 29th 2008 at 10:00am 0 Comments