Chinese Prisoners Forced To Farm Digital WoW Gold

Posted by Greg | May 26, 2011  |  1 Comment

Prisoners at a Chinese labor camp are allegedly being forced to spend their hard time farming gold on World of Warcraft.Supposedly the guards of the facility were able to make between RMB 5,000 and 6,000 (~US$ 770-925) a day by selling the gold to black market retailers of the online currency. I’m not really sure how I feel about this, as I’ve played WoW for many years, and have admittedly purchased gold from retailers in the past. After reading more of the article you may change your mind about purchasing gold in the future.

I know that purchasing gold from these vendors is already banned by Blizzard, but these three quotes from the article are the reason I’ll probably never purchase gold for WoW ever again. They’re all quotes from Liu Dali, a former inmate at the Jixi re-education camp in Heilongjiang province, in north east China.

Prison bosses made more money forcing inmates to play games than they do forcing people to do manual labor.

There were 300 prisoners forced to play games. We worked 12-hour shifts in the camp. I heard them say they could earn 5000-6000rmb a day.

We didn’t see any of the money. The computers were never turned off.

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Sources: TheGuardian via

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