Tag Archives: gold farmers

Getting paid to party: what is the difference between work and play?

Posted on by Vili Lehdonvirta

… like StarCraft in front of television audiences of millions. Hundreds of thousands of virtual gold farmers in China, Vietnam and elsewhere are paid an hourly wage to harvest treasures in online games like EverQuest 2. And most recently, companies like CrowdFlower have started to hire gamers and online community members to carry out real chores like categorizing search engine results and verifying links. The catch: these workers are paid in virtual currency.

No wonder some punters …

Tags: Adam Smith Crowdflower EverQuest games gold farmers Karl Marx StarCraft virtual currency work


Some work is born digital: from gold farmers to game masters

Posted on by Vili Lehdonvirta

… agriculture and other shady bits

Perhaps the most extreme example of born-digital work is gold farming : harvesting valuable assets inside a massively-multiplayer online game and selling them for real money. A similar service is powerleveling, which involves charging a fee for playing another player’s character, so that the character gains experience points. Another is boosting, which refers to making one’s own character act as a sort of bodyguard to another player’s …


The business of business cards

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

I work with a busy group of people. Developing the Microtask platform is challenging work, on top of which are funding and staff issues. Every day we are out meeting partners, potential clients, VCs, lawyers, advisors and government MIB.

Big events like SXSW in Austin or the HTIA Conference in Jerusalem are a great opportunity to meet a wide variety of organizations and …


Work Hard, Play Hard (then Die Hard)

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… that hundreds of thousands people are now paid to play online games, in what have been coined “Gold Farms”. These “workers” play the games specifically to produce virtual goods and services, which are then sold by their employers to gamers worldwide for real money. These people are actually getting paid to play computer games.

While the use for computer game currency is obviously limited, the development of crowdsourcing (where firms outsource problems to the online community) has …

Tags: gold farming Mechanical Turk turking work workaholism world of warcraft


Crowdsourcing and machine translation: the start of a beautiful friendship

Posted on by Hannu I. Miettinen

… Here is an extract from our result:

Our country is poor and will remain so,

if it’s gold you want.

A stranger walks by us proud,

but this is the land we love,

its forests, its mountains and its reefs,

they to us are dear.

Dear GT, thank you. It is an honor to be your collaborator and friend!

Inviting the crowd

I’m sure you can see the “crowdsourcing potential” of this human/computer approach. I just ask a native Finnish crowd to do the pre-editing phase …