Type WebPage
Date 2021-07-21
Tags games, Venezuela, inflation

How Hyperinflation in Venezuela Led to Clan Warfare in Old School RuneScape (Link)

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  • Video Gaming The System

Due to hyperinflation, gold farming in Old School RuneScape turned out to be both more lucrative and more stable than a normal job for many Venezuelans--perhaps as many as 1.8 million. The podcast describes--with little detail--how the influx of gold farmers impacted the economy of the game, and how players responded.


Two groups of people who would never meet in real life collide in a world of wizards and dragons. They battle it out in a low-tech video game, and it shakes the lives of a lot of real people living in a collapsing economy.

Name Role
Amanda Aronczyk Author
NPR Publisher