Gold Farmers, a term used for people who play MMOs (Massively Multiplayer Online games) solely to make in-game money to sell to other players for real world money, are not terribly popular people with most gamers. The gold farmers come into a game, find the most lucrative spot to make in-game money, and stay in that spot for as long as humanly possible. This, in turn, ruins that area for whatever players may want to use it for experience gain or questing. Depending on the game, gold farming is more or less of a problem. Either way you look at it, outside of the in-game hassle, there’s a lot of money to be made off of people’s laziness. As we all know, whenever money’s involved, government isn’t far behind.
According to Ars Technica, South Korea’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism is debating whether or not to regulate gold farming and make it illegal. Trading of items would still be legal, but the actual selling of currency would be prohibited. This could have a momentary impact on the business of selling gold, but, as always, the farmers will find a way back. Wherever there’s a man willing to pay real money for fake, there’s someone else willing to kill an Orc 10,000 times to get it.