A World of Warcraft (WoW) gold farmer has landed in an Australian court in an attempt to win compensation for the loss of real world gold.
Kristina Fincham's tale is an odd one. The 45 year old Adelaide woman hit on gold farming, the practice of accumulating virtual goods and currency in the game, and then selling it to other players in exchange for real currency. Fincham's practice grew sufficiently vigorous that she accumulated $AUD75,000 of actual money, and chose to invest some in gold bullion that she stored in a safe at her home.
The Adelaide Advertiser reports her boyfriend tipped off thieves that bullion could be found in her home in exchange for a pay-off. When Fincham took a holiday, the burglars swooped and she returned home to an empty safe.
The court case is between Fincham and her home and contents insurer, as the latter entity won't pay out on her claim. At issue seems to be Fincham's possible role in the theft, which she hopes to disprove by producing evidence from those who commissioned the theft.
The case is expected to run for five days. It's hard to find a barrister who charges less than $2000 a day, so Fincham must feel her evidence is compelling.
Whatever the outcome, those who rubbish WoW as a way to acquire life skills have another piece of evidence they can trot out when tut-tutting about the game. ®