China : Prisoners Forced to Play World of Warcraft
The UK newspaper The Guardian recently published an interview with a Chinese citizen, forced to play for hours Wold of Warcraft.
Liu Dali (probably a fictitious name) claims to have been detained in a labor camp at Jixi for three years, from 2004. Dali Liu was sentenced to hard labor, but certainly no one would ever expect that his “punishment” would have been to play for hours and hours of World of Warcraft, as he further 300 prisoners were engaged in grueling matches of the same MMORPG.
The goal was not to address a program of re-education through video games, but to make money for the guards, the prisoners were in fact forced to earn credits on Wold of Warcraft, which then would have been resold on the black market.
According to the interviewee, this original scam would allow his captors to earn up to £ 600 per day, the phenomenon is not new, it’s called Gold Farming and gain in practice is (illegally) money by creating hundreds of accounts.