Chinese Government Outlaws Gold Farming

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JohnP

   I have noticed that Blizzard has been doing a LOT to prevent in game advertising with a lvl 1 toon lasting only minutes after spamming. Add that to possible jail time for China's gold factories (these are actual companies! Very few gold farmers are independent). Now remove print advertisements along with E-Bay auctions. Then there is the threat of TAXES added to gold purchases. All these have to hurt gold farming.

  BTW, with WotLK gold is so much more easy to get. Buying 1,000 gold is not that useful anymore. Perhaps to low lvl toons, but not to anyone who is lvl 80.

  When I do see farmers (in the early AM mostly), they immediately bug out when I arrive. Not like the old days when I had to fight off the gold farmers just to do a quest. 

 Definitely better since WotLG came out.

 

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yogurt80

Is it just me, or does this article contradict itself?  First, it says that you can't trade VIRTUAL $ for REAL services, but then the example it gives says "Chucking REAL LIFE coins into games will land you in jail."

 

I'm confused.

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johnny3144

from what i understand, both the trading between real life currency and virtual goods/currency are illegal, meaning it goes both way. buying or selling in game currency/goods with real money are both illegal.

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yogurt80

Thanks for clearing that up.  It doesn't really state that in the article- that makes more sence now.

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JonnyNYK

At least probably a substantial amount of them. This was a huge reason why I left WoW years ago...I'm not surprised that the study found 80-85% of them to be from China. When people yelled at people blatantly farming, you'd either get a garbled attempt at english begging for more gold or just no response. Now it's time for them to get a real job or a job at all.

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nekollx

 All thats really going to happen is gold farmers will grind for items with a high resale value, sell those to the player who in turn keeps it or vendors it.

 

Uggh this is going to make City of Heroes hell now as gold farmers use the market to get high resale enhacnements (the only loot in CoX) to sell instead of Infl

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mesiah

Wether or not this effects the actual farming of gold is left to interpretation. The report says you can not sell in game currency for real money. It does not say that a company can not employ people to play a game for them. Workers are paid an hourly wage to play a company owned character. The employee isn't playing their own character and selling items to the company. If china interprets there law in this fashion, then gold farming wont be effected at all. They can farm all they want, it just prevents people from china from buying it. Personally I would love to see gold farmers and the like go away, but I doubt laws like this will make it happen.

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Tekzel

I understand your point, but unless you are Chinese and living in China, my gut feeling is you are not understanding what goes on over there.  Here in the US, we play fast and loose with the INTENT of the law all the time, because the consequences aren't as severe.  Over there, my feeling is the Chinese government is less amused by such antics.  If there are any native Chinese reading this, I am sure they will correct me on that point if I am wrong.

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mesiah

I agree that if the chinese governemt intends to stop gold farming with the law that it will have a large effect. I should have been more clear in my statement. What I was trying to say is, the government may not be interested in things like gold farming at all. If it helps the economy and they make money from it, china probably doesn't care as long as their people aren't spending their money on the services. China produces plenty of products for other countries that the governemt would never allow their, this will probably be no different.

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johnny3144

you are pretty much on the point. i remember back in china, it's illegal for underage kids to go in internet cafe. cops actually come down to the cafe, and check your ID. hell, drinking is less controlled here in US than internet in china.

though gold farming will still prob go on, it will be atleast more underground. so i suspect you will see a significant drop in gold sellers in wow(china server will see a more significant drop). though i am not very sure what effect this will have on WoW's virtual economy. correct me if i am wrong, but if there is a sudden drop in supplie, won't the price skyrocket?

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Tekzel

Mmmm, to a degree, some.  But supply and demand only go so far for non-essential items.  Once the price reaches a "silliness threshold", the demand drops off regardless of supply. 

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Tekzel

Wow, that is the first time I have ever double posted.  And I JUST installed FF 3.5, wonder if there is any correlation? :)

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nekollx

 it's a feature.

 "now with autmatic double post!"

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DravenX

Why don't they just go ahead an ban all computer use all together.

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