Gold farming not banned in China after all

By Stephany Nunneley, Wednesday, 1 July 2009 18:15 GMT


Looks like gold farming hasn’t been banned in China after all.

According to ICTs for Development, it’s Paypal-type currencies that received the restriction.

“This is a government restriction on the use of the quasi-Paypal-like currencies (mainly QQ coins) that are used extensively in China to pay for virtual game stuff,” stated the University of Manchester’s Richard Heeks. “As announced they can now only be used to pay for virtual stuff, and you can’t buy real things with them as game companies were allowing to happen, nor can you gamble.

“This therefore is not about what gold farming clients do: use real money to buy these virtual currencies; it’s the mirror image. And it’s not about the major trade in gold farming such as World of Warcraft, which relates to other types of virtual currency. And it’s not about buying/selling in-game items. And it’s not about the power-levelling of avatars.

“Bottom line: it’s not about gold farming.”

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