Monday, June 29, 2009

The Supposed Chinese Ban On Gold Farming

A couple of hours ago the news about gold farming being banned by the Chinese government started to spread over the Internet. The first article at Newsweek claims that China is banning gold farming, but if you actually read the article, it says:
The most popular form of virtual currency in China is called "QQ coins," a form of virtual credit issued by Tencent.com.

And later:
The government justifies its ban on virtual currency trading as a way to curtail gambling and other illegal online activities.

So my conclusion is that this is all about the QQ currency, not WoW Gold. It is just business as usual: a twisted headline for an article that is not that controversial. After all, QQ is probably used to circumvent the Chinese anti-gambling laws - and WoW gold is not.

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