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Secondary Market Panel Editorial

Posted Nov 05, 2005 by Dana Massey

Secondary Market Panel Editorial

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.


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