has named Live Gamer,
a virtual items trading company, as one of the top 100 privately held companies in North America in 2008. The annual Red Herring 100 North America Awards are given to companies identified as the most promising tech startups.
Love it or hate it, RMT is not going away.
The virtual trading economy, which includes avatars, items and in-game currencies, is estimated to be a market worth more than USD 1.8 billion. Much of this trading takes place on the black market, exposing buyers and sellers alike to potential fraud. Live Gamer aims to remove the sketchiness
from virtual item trades, enabling secure player-to-player trading while taking business away from some of the banes of the MMO world: virtual item thieves.
scammers, and thieves will be curbed, while gold farmers lose customers who opt for legitimate transactions. Despite how new
the company is, Live Gamer has already partnered with some major industry players.
Even though other notable game developers and publishers aren't willing to work with Live Gamer,
it's clear that the company is becoming very significant, very quickly. It seems that Red Herring
had them pegged right.