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Where Does the World of Warcraft Gold Come From?

As of March, 2011, there were more than 11.4 million subscribers to the popular World of Warcraft game. Every one of those people need in-game gold in order to buy gear, enchant and gem said gear, buy potions or food and repair things after being killed by enemies. Most people get that gold into their hot little hands the old-fashioned way: they earn it. Grinding through quests, dailies and heroics is time-consuming, though. Some players simply don’t want to have to work that hard in order to reap the benefits having a lot of gold in your bags can bring. Instead, they choose to buy their in-game money with real money… a practice that is frowned upon by Blizzard Entertainment and most hard-core players.

There are websites out there which will sell you mass quantities of gold in exchange for your hard-earned cash. Many of them offer as much as 20,000 gold at a time, with delivery promised within the hour. The question, though, is where that gold comes from. It’s a well-known fact that gold farmers suck. I’ve heard horror stories from players trying to complete quests who cannot because a gold farmer is busy camping an area in order to kill repeatedly for the money drops. Who the heck is behind this farming?

A recent article in The Guardian ran a story on Wednesday about this topic, and the post shocked many. Chinese citizen Liu Dali was a prisoner at the Jixi labour camp. During the day, he was forced to do hard labor outdoors. At night, he was forced to kill demons, animals and even other players… farming WoW gold. He claims to be only one of many prisoners who were literally forced to play games like WoW for many hours every day, earning gold to later be sold for real money.

“Prison bosses made more money forcing inmates to play games than they do forcing people to do manual labour,” Liu told the Guardian. “There were 300 prisoners forced to play games. We worked 12-hour shifts in the camp. I heard them say they could earn 5,000-6,000rmb [£470-570] a day. We didn’t see any of the money. The computers were never turned off. 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,” he said.

It is believed that about 80% of the people who farm for gold in games like WoW are located in China, and that there are more than 100,000 people doing so. With such a lucrative business venture, it’s hard to tell how many of those people are being forced to play, and how many are doing so for very VERY low wages while their bosses rake in the profits.

I do NOT want to know if you are a WoW (or other game) player who buys in-game gold or credits. That’s just something we don’t need to share, y’all. I’m not putting anyone down or judging them. Your way of playing is your own. However, I know that if I were playing one of those games, I’d find it much more satisfying to earn my bankroll the hard way.

Gold Farming in WoW (and More)

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Here are the top five tips for having fun through gold farming, as well as putting your time to good use. These tips apply for most MMORPGs ( Massively Multi Player Role Playing Games ).

  • Bring Friends Along Most people tend to gold farm by themselves. People do this because they don’t want to have to share their revenue or loot. But by doing this, you won’t gold farm for long periods of time. When you’re alone, all you do is farm, farm, farm, and farm. Bring some friends along. Don’t be selfish… and share some loot and profit. By doing this, you can make some new friends and even gold farming buddies. You can even give some money to the lower levels or beginners of the game. You will also be able to take down mobs much quicker.
  • Bring The Best You Can Bring Another mistake that people make is bringing random armors or weapons to their gold farming trips. You should take some time to get good armors and food so that you can stay farming for long periods of time, possibly leading to large amounts of profit.
  • Create A Strategy And Route Before you go farming, make sure to map out a strategy and route for the location. Make sure to tell this to your farming mates or group. You can’t make good profit by just farming blindly through an area. If you have a route, you can make much more profit than if you would have just gone through at random. Another thing you have to keep in mind is your strategy. Look at your route, and look at what you’re playing as or what you’re best at. Develop a strategy to take down enemies in much less time, which again leads to more profit.
  • Choose The Best Location Before farming, most people think of what way may be easiest for them. If you approach farming this way, then you’ve made another mistake. Always choose they best location… I repeat the best location. By doing this, you can have better loot which again means more profit. Don’t go to a beginner area to gold farm when you can go to a pro area and make 100x more profit.
  • Come Prepared Go farming with everything you need. For example, I play world of warcraft and I have to make sure I bring my skinning knife, food, water, armor, pet food, weapons, and bags. By doing this I’m keeping myself from wasting time making trips back and forth, thus wasting time that I could’ve used to make some good profit. So keep in mind to bring everything you’ll need to make the most profit.
  • Bonus Tip! Please everyone. Don’t sell your profit for real-world money. First of all, you’re wasting all the time it took you to make that money for just a couple of dollars. You’re also making it hard for beginners to buy what they want, since most MMOs have a large money buying community that increases prices on items all around the game. This makes it hard for beginners to buy items that they really need. So please… use your profit for in-game purposes only.


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