A man in Xi’an has scored the dream job of most every hardcore gamer, earning over 10,000 RMB per month playing online games all day.
“Gold farming” is a term used to describe the work of people who are hired to play games all day and night to produce in-game currency (coins and characters), which are sold for real money to players elsewhere who want to raise their level in the gaming world.
The concept itself is nothing new, and although game companies frequently shut down gold farms and ban accounts suspected of gold farming (it’s considered cheating), 30-year-old Wang Gang has managed to make make a living off of it without joining one of these sweatshops.
After majoring in computer science, Wang spent most of the money he earned from working at a hotel on gaming. Once he got married, he decided to quit his hotel job to make money doing what he loved to do.
“At first it was really difficult,” Wang’s wife told reporters. “He played games at home while I worked outside and he only earned a couple hundred a month. Things began to finally change half a year later and his salary increased to a few thousands a month. Later he was able to expand his gold farming business.”
Wang now runs his own gold farming business in Xi’an with 19 computers, from which hired gamers can log on to two or three accounts at once. The employees work from 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. nonstop.
Of course, gaming for 15 hours straight has its side effects. “After a while, your eyes start to get tired. The people who gamed with me from the beginning slowly got out of it,” says Wang.
Not to mention all the stories of murder and such.
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By Sharon Choi