Trion Speaks Up Against Gold Farming
Hartsman said the problem is that unscrupulous gold farmers perpetrate fraud on the same players that make use of their services.
You go buy gold from a disreputable gold site, and they say ‘thank you’ and deliver your gold, and sell your credit card number, or start registering accounts with your credit card.
The effect on those being defrauded is obvious — but how does this fraud affect developers?
It’s those kinds of things where people laugh and go, ‘Oh, that never happens.’ No. It happens. It happens a shitload. To the point where, over the last three or four years, I would dare anybody to ask an exec at a gaming company how much they’ve had to pay in Master Card and Visa fines, because of fraud. It happens a lot.
The pigeons crooked gold farmers prey upon aren’t the only victims — the developers have to pay a price as well, and as a consequence, all players suffer.
Those fines are money that should be going into making games better, and instead they’re going into fighting the fact that people are jerks in the world.
Gold farming is a lucrative business that likely won’t disappear any time soon, but players can help the cause by simply refusing to partake in these transactions.