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6-29-2009 @ 8:43PM
Imo, the whole thing was a "dirty business" anyway. It was a business that thrived off of gullible/lazy players who would rather pay money for gold or leveling than to actually get it in-game themselves. Also, it was a business that would steal accounts and either sell them or strip them of their gold to make a profit by selling the account/gold. The Chinese government did a bit of an overkill, but it only escalated this far thanks to those who would fall for these scams by either trying to buy gold or fall for a keylogger/phisher. The main problem with this is if they're also banning prepaid time cards, I wouldn't be surprised if they make it illegal to have companies make RMTs for their own games (like for example buying in-game items with real money via an official game's website for that game). Heck, if pre-paid time cards aren't allowed they might just ban monthly fees on games altogether. Also, this doesn't mean we'll see a complete end to gold selling companies and whatnot. I wouldn't be surprised if a chunk of the gold selling companies and online scammers and whatnot are in other countries as well. Chances are it'll possibly mean other gold companies will begin to thrive even more now that their competition in China is going to be gone in the future.
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