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Smed Blogs on Live Gamer

Posted Feb 08, 2008 by Keith Cross

Smed Blogs on Live Gamer

SOE CEO John Smedley has updated his blog to explain the recent transition from the Station Exchange to Live Gamer.

Hello Everyone,

We just announced that EverQuest II’s existing Station Exchange service will be transitioned over to Live Gamer. If you haven’t seen that announcement, you can find it here.

I wanted to give you all more background on why we have made this decision. When we decided to begin our groundbreaking Station Exchange service, it was because we felt it was important to take a step in the direction of turning what had always been an illicit side of the MMO gaming market into something that would give people desiring to participate in that kind of activity a safe and secure way to do so. It was also our belief that by providing a legitimate alternative, we could cut down on the farming activity our players loathe and the large impact illicit virtual item trading has had on our customer service group.

In general, we’ve been pleased with the way things have gone on Station Exchange. It did indeed cut down on the CS issues we saw , but we can’t even begin to say it made a dent in farming activity. Farming has unfortunately become a big business, largely driven by companies on foreign soil that are virtually untouchable due to their location in places where the legal system just doesn’t give us the tools we need to fight this. The dirty little secret of the farming business is that many of these companies use stolen credit cards as well as charging back their purchases months after they conduct transactions. This fraudulent activity has risen sharply in the last 6 months both in the digital download business and in Station Exchange and this is an expensive fight.

Read more here.

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