Musings on minting money on Malygos…and more

News from RL: Forcing prisoners to farm gold

I knew gold farmers were paid little, but this takes the cake: Chinese prisoners forced to farm virtual gold.

“If I couldn’t complete my work quota, they would punish me physically. They would make me stand with my hands raised in the air and after I returned to my dormitory they would beat me with plastic pipes. We kept playing until we could barely see things…

Now if we could only PUG a 5-man into the new instance, “Chinese Stockades,” to slay the evil warden and free the fettered gold farmers….now that would make one hell of a Moebius strip.


  1. The sad thing is, Blizz refuses to comment. I’ve posted several times in the general forums and each time the post has been removed. They’re whitewashing the impact the game has around the world. I can’t blame them for not wanting bad publicity, but in my opinion they have a moral obligation to address this issue and do what they can to stop it from happening. Remove the market, remove the need for this sort of thing.

  2. I would agree. What can they do to prevent it?

  3. I think it’s above Blizzard’s call to fix Communist China’s faults (or America’s or any other nation’s faults, for that matter). Maybe westerners shouldn’t buy shit from China… WoW gold or anything else made by what are essentially slaves, which enrich western corporations and the Chinese government. Just a thought.

    • That’s the issue, isn’t it. I guess I’m not surprised that Blizz would white-wash posts on the subject…it’s just that I don’t know what they can really do about it.

      I suppose they could filter any “Report Spam” requests for URLs and have their system automatically ban all accounts posting those URLs in chat. (While creating a new character is probably cake for the spammers (dsfflskjd anyone?), having to switch URLs because one has been banned in all chat channels across all servers would probably serve as a deterrent). Then, if the spammers got wise and start disguising the URLs, Blizz could introduce some kind of “string match” to ban any trade chat with strings that closely match known gold-selling sites.

      It doesn’t seem like this would be that hard to implement.

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