Valve’s Gabe Newell discusses the time he was a gold farmer in World of Warcraft (for research)

    
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Apparently, Gabe Newell — you know, the billionaire president of Valve who has enough money to, say, throw it into the bonfire of rejiggering a digital CCG — apparently spent some time as a gold farmer in World of Warcraft. However, this wasn’t because he needed money to open his own sovereign nation, but for research.

An interview in EDGE magazine is where this revelation was made, where Newell explains that he was investigating how games could be “productivity platforms” instead of only sources of entertainment. “As a sort of proof-of-concept, I decided to be a World of Warcraft gold farmer for a while,” explains Newell. “I was making $20 an hour farming gold. I was making what was a spectacular wage for most people in most parts of the world.”

This research project informed design ideas like the Steam Workshop, which also created a unique moment where a kid’s parents contacted Valve out of concern that the kid was selling drugs. “The parents called us up and I said ‘He makes items on the Team Fortress workshop. He’s making $500,000 a year,'” Newell recalls. “That to us was an indication that this was a helpful way of thinking of games as platforms and it has informed all of our decisions about multiplayer games subsequently.”

source: WCCFTech

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McGuffn

So this is why we don’t have half life 2 episode 3.

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KodaiRyu

Not really… They dropped episodic releasing and will make full Half-life games now on.

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Fervor Bliss

Hi Im Gabe Newell rules do not apply to me. I do whatever it want.

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Bruno Brito

The guy who made a empire with a monopoly app that is extremely intrusive and shitty was a gold-farmer?

Color me shocked.

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McGuffn

I’m guessing you mean steam, and not a Monopoly game that was intrusive and shitty.

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Bruno Brito

I mean Steam yes. Monopoly game is fun as fuck.

The monopoly guy, not so much.

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Arktouros

I’ve known quite a few recreational RMT sellers in my time. Some would full on bot automate sell accounts using automation tools. Some just sold off the extra gold they had on the side on player auction websites or to friends and such. Really not bad extra money. None of those people were doing anything that came with the negative side of gold selling (scamming, spamming, etc) and I’ve always thought it was quite imaginative way of supplement income ever since I heard UO’s gold was worth more than the Italian Lira back in the early 2000s.

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Utakata

RMT: “Recreational” Money Transfer . o.O

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Pingly

Valve was one of the most profitable companies in the US per employee many years ago (they stopped publishing their profit reports right after that news surfaced).

So the translation of this title should be: Billionaire still obsessed with making even MORE money from gamers.

If he can get a few more drops of blood from these rocks he’s determined to figure out how.

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Raidervc

Are you pro Epic store then, since they take less of a cut of the transaction between a developer and a gamer?

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Pingly

I am pro-Epic store in the sense that I am glad there is more than one opportunity for small devs.

But to be honest, Epic’s success with Fortnite makes me just as uncomfortable with how they are spending their fortune.

It would be great to see the executives at the top of the food chain more excited about sharing their wealth with the people doing the work of making the games. Success can be rewarded reasonably. Instead it is rewarded obscenely. It makes a few billionaires instead of hundreds of millionaires or, even better, thousands of above-average waged employees.

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Castagere Shaikura

I had a roommate that was an ISK farmer for Eve-online. He got into it because some of his guildmates were doing it. He said he made good money. This was years ago and CCP really didn’t care that people did this.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

his comments last week on, “the matrix in the real world is closer than anyone knows” were hilarious. i hope he just goes full howard hughes with his money (sans losing his mind of course) and tries to get the world to jump in a simulacra whole hog.

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memitim

We might already be there lol, at least according to the holographic principle…