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Friday, February 02, 2007


Ebay have banned virtual auctions .
But although this may seem sensational, I'm certain it's not. Firstly, Ebay's decision to outlaw the trade of virtual gaming artefacts simply aligns their policy with the long-established EULA regulations - something all gamers must bind themselves to before playing most MMOs. The addition of prohibition to trader's point-of-sale activities will fail to curb virtual item sale for reasons similar to those which can be used to explain the proliferation of online streaming video. The distributors simply work faster and in greater numbers than the authorities charged with stamping down on their activities. Ebay will adopt YouTube's poise - officially denouncing and simultaneously acknowledging that their user's actions are largely beyond control.

Also, correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Ebay always remove this kind of auction if it came to an administrator's attention?

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