Trion Speaks Up Against Gold Farming

In a recent interview, Trion Worlds studio general manager Scott Hartsman explained exactly how gold farmers hurt developers and players: through credit card fraud.

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.

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2 Comments on Trion Speaks Up Against Gold Farming


On July 21, 2011 at 4:56 pm

I used to by gil with real life money back in my final fantasy 12 days, back then everything was fine, I’m sure fraud happens but you can’t expect every gold farming site to do it, most of them are trying to make money and hurting your customers is not away to get repeat business, What I’m saying is fraud happens everywhere and trying to avoid it is almost like never leaving your home.

Find a good gold farming site that has a lot of highly good reviews and use it if you need to.


On July 21, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Used to buy for final fantasy 11 not 12