A very interesting article recently described how 'farms' of workers play online games to pick up objects and powers that can be traded in real-life for a lot of money. The article describes how some workers in China earn 56c an hour in "sweatshop conditions" whilst the manager makes a tidy profit trading items found in games.

Gamer website 1UP.COM published a very interesting article recently about the ‘farms’ of workers that play online games to pick up objects and powers that can be traded in real-life for a lot of money. The article describes how some workers in China earn 56c an hour in "sweatshop conditions" whilst the manager makes a tidy profit trading items found in games.

"The real money is made by the people with the resources and the right programs. Rich Thurman earned $100,000 by farming 9 billion gold in Ultima Online. A longtime user of the macro easyUO, Thurman says he had "up to 30 PCs running at once, automatically collecting gold for me"

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