The Economy of Cheating in MMPORGs: a Case Study of Innovation
De Paoli, Stefano and Kerr, Aphra (2009) The Economy of Cheating in MMPORGs: a Case Study of Innovation. In: 4th Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems, 25-27 September 2009, Athens.
Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games are socio-technical phenomena that are both complex technological systems and complex societies. They are also highly lucrative businesses. In this paper we present initial findings from a case study of the MMORPG TIBIA which explores the business and social relationships generated by cheating practices. We characterize the economy of cheating as a learning and innovation process and the development of cheating solutions as an answer to breakdowns and market demand
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