1: First off, the gold is property of the MMO owners, meaning you’re receiving stolen property.
2: It’s practically cheating, and you’re funding people who spam games.
3: Prisoners in China are forced to farm gold or risk physical beatings.
No. I’m not kidding. Read on.
According to The Guardian, prisoners in China are being forced to play MMORPGs like World of Warcraft all night for the purpose of farming huge amounts of gold to sell to people who can’t make it themselves. A very disgraceful practice.
I know, you’re thinking “You sure this isn’t from The Onion”? I checked around, and I wouldn’t put it beyond Chinese prison wardens to do something like this. This isn’t a joke in the least, it’s very real, and it pisses me off on a personal level.
A prisoner named Liu Dali who was jailed for three years for the sole crime of “illegally petitioning” his government about corruption in his hometown talked about the amount of money made. It was possible for them to make an additional $1000 dollars a day.
“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,” is what Dali had said about his time in prison. I’m a crazy gamer myself, but I have never played to the point where I couldn’t see properly.
A lot of MMOs are plagued by these scammers selling gold that doesn’t belong to them, and now it comes out they might be using slave labor, and violators of human rights. The fact that it’s near impossible to prevent or regulate makes this a very difficult thing to counter due to the international nature of the internet, and there is no telling where the gold has come from.
Though hard labor in prison is to be expected, in most countries it is regulated in order to protect the health and rights of prisoners, but many countries believe many citizens are below this. So hear this people who buy gold for MMOs, you are supporting slave labor and human rights abuses. I hope that armor you bought was worth it.