Staff Writer Laura Genender could not resist the Austin Game Conference Secondary Market panel discussion. Featuring Daniel James, Puzzle Pirates; Ed Castronova, professor and MMO-economics expert; Jeff Anderson, President of Turbine; and Steve Salyer, President of IGE, this panel is sure to set off some debate. Laura filed this mixed report/commentary on the event.
| I’m not a fan of the secondary market. In fact, that’s putting it lightly; I’d feel comfortable saying that, could I change any single aspect of the MMO world, I’d flush IGE down the toilet in a matter of seconds. Thus I could not resist attending the panel on secondary markets: “I’m Bid Four Quatloos for the One Ring; Do I Hear Five?”
The panel consisted of four members: Edward Castronova, Associated Professor of Telecommunications at Indiana University; Daniel James, Designer & CEO, Three Rings; Steve Salyer, President, IGE; and Jeff Anderson, President & CEO, Turbine. Castronova was vehemently against the secondary market and Salyer, as one might expect, was entirely pro-secondary market. James and Anderson were somewhere in the middle.
You can read her full commentary and report on this panel here.