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The Decline and Fall of an Ultra Rich Online Gaming Empire
"Soon enough, amid the daily grind of his obsession, he would see in the game itself a way out of the bleak hole he had fallen into. He would take a clear-eyed, calculating look at what he and his fellow players had been doing all those months—at the countless hours they'd given over to the pursuit of purely virtual but implacably scarce commodities—and he would recognize it not just for the underexploited form of productivity it was but for the highly profitable commercial enterprise it might sustain." Fantastic article from Julian Dibbell on IGE, the massive real-money trading operation.
ige  games  mmo  mmorpg  wow  worldofwarcraft  everquest  realmoneytrading  economics  goldfarming  china 
november 2008 by infovore

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