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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Chinese prisons forced inmates to play online games to accumulate online gold or cash

After a day of gruelling physical labour, inmates in Chinese prisons would be forced to engage in 12-hour sessions of online gaming to rack up credits. This was the work cycle for many Chinese prisoners in years past as reported by the Guardian.

The online gold accumulated proved to be lucrative and can be traded for real cash in the cyber-gaming industry. "Gold farming" is common with lots of gamers across the globe that would pay real money for game currency just so they could progress in the game. World of Warcraft was one of many games the inmates had to trudge through to accrue certain amounts of online cash.

China used prisoners in lucrative internet gaming work [via]

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