Prisoners forced to play video games to mine ‘virtual gold’

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Chinese prisoners forced to play video games to mine ‘virtual gold’

A scene from World of Warcraft , in which virtual gold is the crop of many gold farmers. The industry is estimated to employ hundreds of thousands globally and rake in $200 billion annually.

Prisoners with video games and in-cell televisions often bear the brunt of public outrage. But in China that disgust was turned on to prison guards, who were making money off the video-game prowess of the incarcerated.

“Prison bosses made more money forcing inmates to play games than they do forcing people to do manual labour,” former prisoner Liu Dali told the paper. “There were 300 prisoners forced to play games. We worked 12-hour shifts in the camp. I heard them say they could earn 5,000-6,000 renminbi [$750 to $900 CDN] a day. We didn’t see any of the money. The computers were never turned off,” added Dali, whose name was changed for publication.




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