The California Gold Rush of 1849 flooded the West with prospectors chasing dazzling riches.
It also created a boom market for general stores, taverns, brothels, and government where previously there had been only desert.
If the current boom in the profitability of virtual worlds is any indication, we may be seeing a Gold Rush for by 21st Century standards.
Pixels and Policy investigates how virtual goods dealers are growing rich supplying busy gamers with the rarest in-world items and weapons, and why this stands to change the future of gaming and commerce.
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With both "free to play" and subscription virtual worlds expanding their memberships year-over-year, many analysts have found a productive hobby analyzing the fluctuations of various major Metaverse currencies.
Pixels and Policy takes a look at some work published by University of Manchester researcher Richard Heeks that purports to show a persistent devaluation of virtual currencies relative to the U.S. Dollar.
Continue reading Why Are Virtual Currencies Deflating Across the Board?