The MMORPG Project Entropia is known for its economic experiments, with pieces of virtual land being bought for high real-world
prices. This latest news breaks the barrier between real and virtual money even further, however; a new cash card
will let owners withdraw from their ingame balances using real ATMs.
Some MMOs entirely shun the idea of converting money earned online to real money, but Project Entropia is taking this to the other extreme. The game's economy is built around real-money transfer, so a move like this simply adds a logical ending to the cashflow pipeline, with developer MindArk sitting in the middle profiting from the whole process.