Gold Sellers

Posted by Tiluvar at at 10:56am on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

These days you cannot log in to any MMO without being spammed in one way or another with offers to sell you gold for real world cash. It is now considered commonplace in massively multiplayer games, but it wasn't always that way.

This post was written a few years back when the gold selling industry really started to take off. It's a pretty interesting read, explaining how these people and companies made inroads into our games, and how even now most of the sites we visit are generating money for the same people who are stealing our accounts, and selling the gold back to us.

The Truth About IGE and the Gold Industry

The question of whether or not gold selling should be against the game's rules is a tough one that ultimately is up to the developers to decide. Unfortunately it's becoming more and more obvious that the developers aren't against it in principle, only against it because they want exclusive rights.

After all, even if money did grow on trees, creating it by typing numbers into a database is probably more profitable.

Sanctifeyedat 1:20pm on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010
The Wired article from 2008 they linked at the bottom of that was an interesting read as well.
Tiluvarat 3:08pm on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010
Yea, it was suspicious how they didn't mention one of the most interesting pieces of information though, the virus
that started a DOS attack and took down

Also, the conclusion seems incorrect, as you can buy WoW gold on IGE right now.
Twicebornat 7:14pm on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010
In 2003 or 2004 I sold 2 million PP in EQ for $1600.
Tiluvarat 12:07pm on Thursday, March 4th, 2010
That's it? Should have waited! :p
Vegamagusat 5:21pm on Thursday, March 4th, 2010
rofl! I still have in my EQ over 20 million PP sadly no longer playing there
Twicebornat 7:05pm on Thursday, March 4th, 2010
Waited for what? I did not really play much then anymore, and it is not like the value was going to ever go up any.
Tiluvarat 8:06pm on Thursday, March 4th, 2010
I suppose waited was the wrong word, didn't actually pay attention to the dates. I just meant that 2 million PP in
EQ was at one point worth a lot more than $1600. Was probably earlier though, rather than later.