If you have been reading the gaming industry news recently one ministry has passed a law banning all foreign MMO companies (wholly owned or joint venture) from operating in China. Supposedly the reason for the ban is that criminal elements from china are using RMT (real money trading) to launder money from their criminal activities using MMOs. The criminals supposedly use virtual gold to pay for drugs/arms/illicit activities and in order to cover their money trail the goods/services are paid using virtual gold and then the virtual gold is then resold for real world money. The chinese government is trying to stop this practice because it is virtually impossible for them to track such transactions when the game server/logs and the server proprietors are located in another country. So people, remember if you buy in-game gold you might inadvertently be assisting criminals in their illegal activities.