RS Players in Venezuela Are About RuneScape Gold Farming for a Living
Some may find this hard to believe, but there are video games out there with more value in their in-game currency than certain territories in real life. Economic collapse has hit a number of countries around the world, particularly in Venezuela.
Many will have been left baffled by the revelation that emerged earlier this year, in which it was made known that cash in Venezuela was worth less than the gold currency in World of Warcraft (WoW). Once considered one of the wealthiest countries in Latin America, the country’s bolivar is now worth less than the money you’d find in the fictional world of Azeroth. RuneScape Gold Farming is a thing for RS players in Venezuela now.
The Alternative: RuneScape Gold Farming
Venezuela is now in turmoil, with shortages of food and electricity, which isn’t aided by rising unemployment and crime. With this in mind, you might not be surprised to hear that people are turning to a fellow MMORPG in the form of RuneScape to raise cash.
Gold farming in an MMO from nearly two decades ago might seem strange, but it’s the game’s age that in this case serves to its advantage. This is because it is still able to run on hardware that’s available to many in Venezuela, and the practice of farming is able to fetch in some decent real-world money. The method is generally used in-game for grinding purposes, which can then be gathered and exchanged for real-world money. It’s forbidden in RuneScape, but it does also provide a more stable job than other alternatives in these areas.
Certain players of the game are able to earn between 200,000 – 300,000 Bolivares a week, which adds up to around $15 to $30. While this might not sound like much, it’s in fact roughly double the average monthly salary in Venezuela at the moment. It’s incredible to think that for some people in the world that playing an MMO decides whether or not they eat that day, but these are the times that we are living in, unfortunately.
Words Getting Around
The news of RuneScape farming has spread through Venezuela to the point where a local newspaper even published an article on how the process of gold farming works. This hasn’t been sitting well with many RuneScape players, who have seen certain farming areas becoming overcrowded by those trying to make a living. In fact, it’s a toxic situation that has gotten so bad that not only has it seen game developer Jagex being flooded with demands to put a stop to the practice, but it has also reached a point where players are retaliating by helping each other conjure up methods to hunt down farmers and even insulting them.
It ultimately depends on which side of the fence you are on. Creating a guide on how to kill and insult farmers in the game could be seen as malicious, in particularly, considering the reason in which players are farming in these situations are under dramatic, life-affecting circumstances. However, since it’s prohibited from doing so in RuneScape, it’s considered cheating, and many would argue that doing so means you have whatever punishment is coming to you.
Either way, it’s a shocking piece of news to surface that players are resorting to such methods just to be able to eat that day, and the fact that a video game from 2001 is able to provide such a platform for doing so.