Star Wars: The Old Republic already invaded by 'credit-farmers'

Though the game is still several days from a full, public release, IGXE's 'credit-farming' service, called 'SWTOR Credits' has already invaded Star Wars: The Old Republic.

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Massively-multiplayer role-playing games have spawned few things more ridiculous than businesses created for the sole purpose of playing said games for their customers. Traditionally known as "gold farmers," they allow players to pay real world money for in-game credits and other amenities, rather than earning their own rewards.

It was bound to happen eventually, but at least one such company--IGXE--has already announced that it's set up shop to offer its services to misguided interested players of Star Wars: The Old Republic.

The service is called SWTOR Credits (after the official in-game currency). Even though The Old Republic doesn't officially release to those without early-access until Tuesday of next week, IGXE is already claiming "massive orders from fans," and only "a limited number of cheap stock" currently available.

A cursory view of the SWTOR Credits store reveals a description of the program. It's not a very good sales pitch, but makes for a chuckle-worthy read. Here's an unedited snippet:

If you consider PVE and Raids, you need to have some good weapons and the armors, and the people become more interested to get you in the group. They realize that you can damage more. Regarding crafting, you have to have the best materials to make the best equipment. If you are unable to have the best equipments, it becomes difficult for you to be a great crafter on your server. Even you are a talented one, the only one hit can take you down and you lose.

Naturally, the other, more popular perspective is that if you're paying someone to play your game for you, you're doing it wrong.

Star Wars: The Old Republic officially launches on December 20 for PC.

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    December 16, 2011 4:15 PM

    Jeff Mattas posted a new article, Star Wars: The Old Republic already invaded by 'credit-farmers'.

    Though the game is still several days from a full, public release, IGXE's 'credit-farming' service, called 'SWTOR Credits' has already invaded Star Wars: The Old Republic.

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      December 16, 2011 4:55 PM

      In other news, grass is green!

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      December 16, 2011 5:20 PM

      I am interested to see how diablo 3's RL AH will affect these fellows

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        December 17, 2011 3:32 AM

        They will still thrive. D3's real money auctions will be on a single-player basis and gold farming companies have strength in numbers. The sheer amount of people working for them and pumping in gold will be enough to undercut any prices single players in the AH will be asking, rest assured. At best, D3's AH just makes Blizzard look like they give a shit about the issue, when in reality it's just their own clever way to make money off of the problem (by taking a cut from the selling player). Gold farming companies will always exist - Blizzard just found a way to get a cut from the business while looking like they're trying to fix it.

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          December 17, 2011 3:34 AM

          meant to say "per-player basis" in the second sentence

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          December 17, 2011 4:09 AM

          Good point, it'll probably keep prices down. I'll stick to HC though.

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      December 16, 2011 6:21 PM

      uhh duh, most of us called this from day 1, it's bioware and star wars, it's going to be popular, people are going to try to make money from it

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      December 16, 2011 6:30 PM

      chinese gold farmers sell gold. news at 11.

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      December 16, 2011 7:24 PM

      This news is best read while playing the Mos Eisley cantina band song at double speed.

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      December 17, 2011 10:25 AM

      Bah IGXE is such a crap company! Total scammers over in China... don't send your money out of the USA, buy from a company called Mogs.com, they are in the USA and get a majority of their swtor credits from players not Chinese farmers.

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      December 17, 2011 10:32 AM

      Once, I got hacked in d2:LoD and my shit got stolen, quit. Came back to d2 eventually and bought some runes and 5s Maces and such to get started and scavenged Nightmare/Hell cows for other socketed armor I needed. Credit/item sellers can have their use's...but paying someone to get somewhere you haven't been before really does negate the experience of the game.

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      December 17, 2011 11:58 AM

      I bet they have Chinese Prisoners doing the Gold Farming. Better than farming for WOW Gold. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/25/china-prisoners-internet-gaming-scam

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      December 18, 2011 3:15 PM

      It's interesting that some MMO dev's still spend the money to fight this. The cost to monitor farming, and the additional security attacks on players, and following customer support.

      From a dev side I think the core of it is to preserve game play, which it itself is interesting, and something I fully support. But then you have something like WoW where Blizzards focus/balance is to make the game as accessible as possible regardless of game play. WoW is awesome and the current standard but I wish it wasn't trying to be an every-mans game. Game play does suffer from this.

      I know SOE with EQ2 provided some real currency servers but I don't think they every provided any statistics. You also have F2P mmo's and I honestly cannot think of one that has not been successful.

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      December 19, 2011 7:11 PM

      Thanks shacknews for making this even more widespread. Next we will see this on the news.