Sony Finally Realizes That People Want To Sell And Buy EverQuest Characters
from the only-took-five-years dept
For years and years, people have been talking about selling virtual goods and characters in the online game EverQuest. While other online multiplayer games have learned to embrace online sales of characters and equipment (and, indeed, to encourage it in some cases), Sony has always resisted. In fact, they've forced eBay and other auction sites to shut down and block such auctions. Apparently, after approximately five years of protests from users, Sony has finally gotten the message and will create its own site for selling EverQuest stuff. While Sony will take a service charge on each transaction, it sounds like one of the bigger motivators is the ability to monitor these transactions to avoid fraud and other problems. EverQuest support staff was probably getting overwhelmed by people claiming to have been defrauded in auctions. By controlling the auctions themselves, Sony can force the seller to comply.