Friday, 8 April 2011

BBC News - Virtual sales provide aid to poorer nations

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BBC News - Virtual sales provide aid to poorer nations: "Up to 100,000 people in China and Vietnam are playing online games to gather gold and other items for sale to Western players, a report suggests.

The global market for such virtual game goods is worth at least $3bn (£1.8bn) the World Bank study estimates.

About 75% of that comes from so-called 'gold farmers' who stockpile game currencies to sell on later.

Encouraging these in-game services could aid development in many poorer countries, said the report."
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