This week we have the latest topics on the RMT industry.
If you remembered, EVE online had appointed an economist to analyze the in-game economy. The first full report on Mineral markets are available here. Dr.EyjoG did a good job of analyzing various
historical data collected in EVE Online.
Apart from nice looking graphs, there are interesting facts that should be highlighted:
"Total trade in minerals amounted to 1.6 trillion ISK (1600 billion ISK) on a weekly basis at the end of June 2007. That was a nearly 100% increase
in weekly trade value compared to end of June 2006 and almost an eight-fold increase from June 2005. Hence, trade in minerals is increasing at a
higher rate than population itself. "
The EVE Online ISK one-week circulation in mineral trading alone equals to approximately 96,000 USD (using our average price of 60 USD per 1 billion ISK).
In Terra Nova, a highly discussed topic about attitudes toward RMT is a good read. The discussion is led by Richard Bartle, a veteran in MMORPG industry and the comments are insightful.
On another blog, Tobold has an idea
to ruin gold farming business. Proposing the delivery of gold to mailbox be prohibited, the logistic channel would be cut down and makes the trade
more difficult for both sellers and buyers.