In case you need another reason to stop playing cryptocurrencies, a new Rest of the World article tells an NFT scheme in Minecraft which enlisted Filipino children to earn money for their parent company along with open speculation about how people could be enlisted in humble services in online games.
The article in question looked at the rise of cryptocurrency farming in Minecraft before Microsoft made last summer’s decision to stop this noise. Before the move, a digital entrepreneur took advantage of the rise of NFT to make money fast: “An American player, who goes by the name ‘Big Chief’, described how his team, made up largely of young people in the Philippines, came together. to build the materials for him.He then paid professional Minecraft builders of around $ 10,000 in cryptocurrencies to turn these materials into a luxurious casino.
An NFT consultant interviewed for the article speculated other digital job opportunities by suggesting that developers and gamers are “exploiting the wealth gap”: “With the cheap labor of a developing country development, you could use the people in the Philippines as NPCs, real NPCs in your game They could just populate the world, maybe do some random work or just come and go, fish, tell stories, trade, whatever is really possible. It’s as scary as it sounds. .
” According to [consultant Mikhai] Kossar, NFT rental mechanics in play-to-earn games are important in keeping them accessible to poorer players. “There are people who have money but don’t have time to play, and on the other hand there are people who don’t have money but have time,” she said. He sees a future, however, where corporate ownership and management could reverse the pattern of wealthy Western gamblers managing those in low-income countries. “Filipinos could come together to buy goods and then rent them to themselves and earn money that way,” he said. But he also envisions NFT games that could exploit the wealth gap between players to provide a different experience. “With cheap labor in a developing country, you could use people in the Philippines as NPCs (non-playable characters), real-life NPCs in your game,” Kossar said. They could “simply populate the world, maybe do some random work or just come and go, fish, tell stories, trade, really anything is possible”.
Instead Minecraft banned explicitly such schemes, have naturally provoked negative reactions from commentators and players alike.
Kotaku’s Luke Plunkett called the consultant an “NFT game psychopath” who “has completely disconnected from the human experience”.
“Not only would I quit my job at a company that did, but I would do everything possible until all source code repositories that I had access to were deleted, to ensure that this kind of video game slavery will ever be implemented.” MMO developer Scott Jennings tweeted.