We've mentioned a company called Live Gamer
in the past here at Massively. Essentially, Live Gamer is attempting to legitimize real money trading
(RMT) in virtual spaces, by partnering with game publishers to create a regulated secondary market for item sales and trades. The goal is to integrate RMT with MMOs and virtual worlds and usurp the myriad gold spammers and scammers currently plaguing most virtual spaces that feature economies.
Suzie Ford at WarCry
recently interviewed Live Gamer Founder and President Andrew Schneider
about how the company plans to change a $2 billion industry presently dominated by the black and grey market. The interview touches on the company's background, how the Live Gamer service works, and overall how they handle some of the polarizing issues of RMT in MMOs. Check out the full interview with Andrew Schneider
over at WarCry for a brief overview of what Live Gamer is about.
Does the prospect of having a legitimate, regulated secondary market for avatars, virtual items, and currency in your MMOs seem like a step in the right direction?