Chinese Prisoners Forced to Farm World of Warcraft Gold
Because of Memorial Day weekend, I kind of let this story slip through the cracks, but it’s too ridiculous to not bring up now, even if it is a few days late.
Manual labor is as old as prisons themselves, but as it turns out, it might not be the most profitable use for a locked up inmate.
It’s been discovered that in an unknown number of Chinese prisons across the country, inmates have been forced not only to do physical labor, but electronic work as well, acting as World of Warcraftgold farmers by night.
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] (~$770-935) a day. We didn’t see any of the money. The computers were never turned off.”
It is estimated that 80% of all gold farmers are in China and with the largest internet population in the world there are thought to be 100,000 full-time gold farmers in the country.
Gold farming has always been a problem for the game, particularly from China, but this is a whole new level of insanity. In my opinion, Blizzard hasn’t done enough to combat this, as they’re content with their title just making tons of money, ignoring the fact that it’s 100,000 people’s full time job in China to help corrupt their system.