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Richard Heeks is Chair in Development Informatics at the University of Manchester in the UK, and Director of the University's Centre for Development Informatics.  He has 30 years' experience working at the intersection of digital technologies and international development, including advisory work for governments and international agencies. Just occasionally, and for research purposes only, of course, he can be found playing online games.


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Posted by Richard Heeks on Fri, 01 Apr 2011 04:46:00 EDT in Business/Marketing
Details the recent financial balance sheet of an East European gold farm, selling on WoW: explaining income, expenditure and profitability - as well as sales channels. But with a postscript that devaluation of WoW gold has led to temporary shut-down.

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Comment In: [News - 06/30/2009 - 02:57]

For two main reasons - ...

For two main reasons - that gold farming is not the target here and that there's a big gap between announcement and implementation - I suspect this will not have a great deal of impact on gold farming. More analysis on the ICTs for Development blog at:

Comment In: [News - 08/25/2008 - 06:30]

There is a massive potential ...

There is a massive potential range in the figures, given that we have only estimates. As James points out, the selected headline figures are not consistent. If there are 400,000 gold farmers, the overall market must be well in excess of US 1bn per year. If the overall market is ...