Level 40 to level 70, anyone?
A number of young professionals and gaming enthusiasts are getting hooked in the role-playing games (RPGs). Even multiplayer online gamers are spending more than 2 hours a day playing their selected massive multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs). Nonetheless, some players who could not spend so much time playing RPGs resorted to outsourcing their gaming time to other gaming enthusiasts in exchange of “real money.”
Affluent gamers who don’t have the patience and the time to play RPGs at its initial gaming stages opt to outsource the initial rounds of the gaming to online gamers in China, Russia, and other countries such as Singapore. In fact, earlier reports showed that this type of outsourcing gain prominence in China.
A Different Level of Outsourcing
While there are games that buy entire accounts from retiring online gamers, there are a few who started their gaming accounts and outsource the initial stages of the games to companies offering game outsourcing services. Typically, clients of this type of gaming service are enthusiasts who couldn’t spend more gaming time to increase their character’s level.
There are also instances wherein games are being outsourced in order to pass difficult monsters, ogres, or trolls in a game. Also, there are clients who wanted to play in the top levels but do not have the patience to endure the initial gaming phase.
With these opportunities, a number of outsourcing companies tend to offer power-leveling services. In China, for instance, there are game-playing companies that hire gamers to play someone’s RPG account. This can be done by supplying the company with the client’s character name and password. Instructions are laid down and the gamer employee would be instructed to play the account until it reaches the desired game level.
Issues on Game-Playing Outsourcing
Although this type of outsourcing has exhibited potential in 2005 until the late 2008, game-playing is yet to develop. It also poses some concerns, particularly with the entire gaming environment.
For one, it is claimed that some game-players do unfair gaming tactics to gain advantages in generating online money. For example, back in the Final Fantasy XI gaming, there are a number of characters that tend to camp out in certain parts of the game where they could easily make “gil.” This strategy usually distorts the gaming environment. Moreover, big gaming companies are weary that these outsourcing businesses are defying the game’s term of use. As gamers are very aware of, RPG players should not be trading their virtual goods or accounts for real money. As a matter of fact, the Korean creator of Lineage, a popular online game back then, emphasized that online gaming is intended for fun and entertainment and not as a means of generating income.
Despite the issues and concerns in this type of outsourcing, there are still players who opt to pay for their levels. However, for individuals who outsource their gaming accounts, they should be reminded that they are more prone to getting their accounts compromised or worst, stolen.