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In Isk We Trust: the EVE Online IskBank Exposed 145

Posted by Soulskill
from the massively-multiplayer-black-market dept.
riverni writes "Eve News 24 is running a couple of articles uncovering the lucrative 'black-market' existing in EVE Online, a sci-fi themed single-server MMORPG. The overall scale of the operation is breathtaking. While there exist legal ways to exchange real world currency for in-game currency, the black market, primarily driven by botters (users who utilize automated macros to perform rewardable tasks in game), remains strong. One article reports on how Iskbank.com made approximately $290,000 in sales during a 10.5-month period. These figures do not include any sales made through their sister site, Eveisk.ru and yes, those are US dollars."
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In Isk We Trust: the EVE Online IskBank Exposed

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  • Dirty use? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Stenchwarrior (1335051) on Thursday March 10, 2011 @01:52PM (#35444896)
    Sounds like it could be a good way to launder money.
  • by SuricouRaven (1897204) on Thursday March 10, 2011 @02:48PM (#35445526)
    As a former player, it does upset us a bit because it makes the game unfair.
    I flew a Megathron. That's a big battleship, and it took me months to save up for it and all it's fittings. It was a good ship, well fit, and very expensive... to someone who doesn't spend real money. But if I were willing to, I could buy one for the cost of one PLEX and still have change. If I cut out the faction fittings, I could buy two, maybe three.
    The implication of this is that a player willing to spend real money becomes near-invincible. They can afford to lose ships, and long-term conflict in EVE is all about economic war and attrition - cut off the enemy corp's industry, wear down their funds and resources. But you can't do that when they are spending real money. It's just unfair. It means the game is no longer a contest of skill, but about who has the best funding in real life, which just completly ruins everything.
    MMORPGs are to escape reality. If you give those with real money an advantage, that's reality intruding.

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