Playing Games (Second Life) Can Make You Rich

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For some reason, I’m not surprised at this. If you’ve played Second Life (or even just read about it), you probably understand enough to realize that this was going to happen one day.

In case you haven’t heard yet, Anshe Chung is the game’s first millionaire (Second Life press release). Specifically, she’s made a million dollars (real USD) simply by creating content and items inside the game. No really. I’m not making this up.

When I was a kid, my friends I dreamed about playing games and getting paid for it. None of us actually ended up fulfilling that dream – mostly because we figured out that it wasn’t fun when you had to play the game even if you didn’t like it anymore, and with the only intent of figuring out how to break it, not beat it. That’s not quite as fun.

But, now that I’ve “grown up” and realized how the world turns, I think Second Life would have been my paradise.

How’d Chung become a real-life millionaire by playing a game? She became the game’s largest virtual world “real estate” baroness. She buys and sells fake land. People actually pay real dollars for fake stuff that can only be used inside a game. Amazing.

I’d say this is probably more amazing (but not quite as quickly done) as the Million Dollar Homepage everyone talked about from August 2005 through January 2006.

If it’s this easy to make money on the internet, what are you doing to capitalize on this moment in history?

[tags]second life, game, millionaire, entrepreneur, real estate, gaming, sl[/tags]

Nate Ritter lives in the Pacific Northwest (U.S.), popularized the #hashtag and creates web applications for a living. He also does miles and point hacking to enable cheap travel for his family. More here →

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