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1 April 2005

Gamersloot.com employs a room full of young Romanian men £70 a month to play games 10 hours a day. Video games like Everquest or World of Warcraft are virtual worlds with multi-faceted characters and their own currency. Making it big requires many hours of intensive play and repetitive tasks. In the weirdest form of outsourcing ever, people can now pay companies like Gamersloot.com to improve their character's standing through intensive play while they themselves go to sleep. Even eBay has become a real life trademarket for virtual currency and gold, and items such as magical flasks and Jedi Knights.

The Guardian has a great article about it.

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