Many of us play video games to refresh after work, reduce stress, or just to have fun. In Venezuela, on the other hand, there are people who play a more than 10-year-old MMO so as not to starve to death.
Venezuela is currently in the middle of a huge economic crisis and civil unrest. As unemployment increases and the nationwide supply of food and electricity within the country continues to decline, the crime rate also increases. In order not to have to go to bed hungry at the end of the day, therefore, many Venezuelans take on rather unusual jobs. Some of them earn their bread rolls as a gold farmer in Runescape, an MMO from 2001.
But what is gold farming anyway? Most MMOs have a central currency that you can earn by completing quests, killing monsters, or trafficking other players. In most cases, that’s gold. Gold farmers earn this currency by spending hours playing and then selling it to other players for real money. The terms and conditions of the corresponding MMOs prohibit such a barter, but so far, gold farmers almost always find a way to sell their goods to the man. So also with Runescape.
You can also buy Runescape gold from third-party websites such as 4rsgold.com. These websites offer Runescape gold at a discounted price compared to the in-game purchases.
For more than 15 years, the game has been on the digital hump and still enjoys a large and loyal player base despite its age. Because it’s an old game, the fantasy MMO runs on older machines without any problems. A big advantage for many Venezuelans and many other poor players from around the world. They usually have no money to buy an expensive computer. Another advantage is that gold farmers can work from home. Many Venezuelans are robbed in the middle of the day on the streets.
Monthly earnings? Nearly 100 euros
A good gold farmer earns on average between 80 to 100 dollars a month. That may not sound like much money, but it’s about twice as much as a Venezuelan worker earns on average. In this way, people can feed their families through gold farming.
The whole thing is the community but clearly against the grain. Many players feel annoyed by the gold farmers. A guide on Reddit who explained how to hunt, kill and insult farmers the most, received more than 1,600 upvotes. Since Runescape is aimed at a younger target group, some farmers assume that children simply lack the empathy to understand their situation.
One other redditor left a befitting reply to the man who wrote the guide. You can see the reply in the screenshot below.
Runescape is still very popular despite its advanced age. But there are also games that have quickly disappeared despite the promising start again in the sinking.