Host: And the final round is “Continue the Headline”. This week, teams, it’s news that MMO developer MindArk has been granted preliminary approval for a real banking license: “MindArk is going to be just like a bank in the real world: it will be backed by Sweden’s $60,000 deposit insurance, offer interest-bearing accounts for its clients, feature direct deposit options, let players pay bills online, and apparently will offer loans to customers.”
Zoso: “… reports of a £600,000 per year pension scheme for top raiding guild leaders have yet to be confirmed.”
Melmoth: “… after years of playing with virtually real money in the real world, stockbrokers across the globe are now looking forward to being able to play with really virtually real virtual real money in real virtual worlds.”
Zoso: “… fears that MindArk could be susceptible to toxic mortgages were allayed when they revealed that they had Sonic Corruptors standing by ready to boost toxic resistance.”
Melmoth: “… In other news, a suspected category 6 earthquake in central Europe turned out to be a false alarm; investigations into the disturbance showed it to be the collective orgasm of EVE Online’s recent POS exploiters as they all simultaneously signed up for MindArk’s flagship title Entropia Universe.”
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‘Claims that customers would be able to deposit items in the Swiss branch and retrieve them five minutes later in a different continent were met with some scepticism by traditional banking institutions.’
‘Customers will only be able to deposit 100 Euro initially, but by bringing their own secure boxes to the bank and paying a small storage fee they will be able to expand their account limits gradually.’
‘Your raid spot may be at risk if you do not keep up repayments on any loans.’
Right, we are so doing an MMO news show. And you’re our first celebrity blogger panellist.
Great work, sir!