May 8th, 2008 by Kenan Farrell
Pacific Epoch reports that two Chinese virtual item and currency traders were recently arrested. The pair had been plying their trade within Blizzard’s World of Warcraft, operated in China by The9 Limited. Chinese police arrested them after one partner reported the other for unfair revenue distribution. In business since last August, the gold farming operation had 20 employees and generated nearly RMB 1.6 million (US $228,915) in only nine months of dealing.
What happens next is up to the Chinese authorities, but we can bet the pair are hoping for just a game ban. Hopefully their penalty is less severe than some of the recommendations for gold farmers that I’ve heard shouted in Ironforge.
I’d say the moral of this story is that crime doesn’t pay, but is gold farming even a crime? Maybe in China. And it also seems to have paid pretty well for this pair. Real moral…don’t forget to share with your partners! Sharing means caring.
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