Thursday, May 26, 2011

How gold farmers reap huge harvest from online gaming




Tens of millions of people spend hours and pay big money for virtual gains on the most popular multiplayer online games, including World of Warcraft, Eve Online and EverQuest.
Behind these games are "gold farmers", who spend hours within the games each day, gathering virtual credits and selling them to gamers for real world cash.
The most recent estimates, from 2009, suggest that 400,000 people are employed as gold farmers across the world, with 85% of those in China and Vietnam, according to Professor Richard Heeks of the University of Manchester.
These gold farmers are almost entirely males between 18 and 25, and most are either cash-strapped college students or unemployed rural migrants. They sell in-game advantages – an increased skill level, or a virtual ore – to players eager to boost their online reputation.
The multiplayer online games industry has boomed in recent years thanks to increased internet access and the rise of social networks. World of Warcraft, easily the most popular of its kind, had 12 million subscribers last year.
According to a report published by the World Bank last month, gold farming was worth about $3bn (£1.85bn) in 2009 – most of which was kept by developing countries.

0 kommentarer:

Post a Comment

 

Australian Online Casino Gambling

Fans of online casino gambling who reside in Australia may like to try their luck playing at trusted and reputable gambling establishments. This includes both the likes of land based casinos and online casinos. A quality resource in which to gather information about playing online is www.australiancasinodirectory.com who provide reviews of land based Australian casinos, online sites as well as portals that provide information about where to play online.

Sports-Betting On Football How It Works

For starters it can only take place 5 months each year. This may seem like a short period of time but it is all specialist gamblers need to make a handsome amount of money at south african online casinos. There are literary hundreds of games of college and NFL football played each weekend. There are several other ways to bet but we advise only to try these after gaining experience. Doing this prematurely can be as disastrous as playing online casino games at an unlicensed online casino or Australia’s best online casinos – Top Aus Casinos. You may walk away with your. Take baby steps and adjust your betting with time.
Space for sale 150$ / yearly. Contact the admin
Lewterslounge © 2009