Most of the time, when you hear any mention of a lobbyist, it’s usually preceded by the word tobacco or something like that. Not this time! South Korean gold farmers have actually formed a lobby and are threatening to cause a ruckus. Never thought I’d be able to say that MMO players were causing a ruckus. I can cross that off my list of things to do.
Gold farming is, to a large portion of the MMO population, roundly despised, but apparently it’s very big business for South Koreans. In December of 2006, South Korea’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism proposed legislature to regulate the sale of game money for real money, on gambling sites as well as in MMOs. According to Game Politics, the Digital Asset Distribution Promotion Association (DADPA) is a lobby group that represents the farmers and their billion dollar industry.
When playing World of Warcraft in shifts turns into a billion dollar industry, kind of makes you wonder why you get up and go to work every day, doesn’t it?