Liu Dali, a prisoner at the Jixi labour camp, in China has come out with allegations that he and fellow inmates were forced to farm gold in online MMORPG’s like World of Warcraft. Dali, who was in the labor camp for "illegally petitioning" the government about corruption in his hometown, was jailed for 3 years beginning in 2004. He states that on top of the normal labor he was expected to perform every day, he was forced to play games and make in game money, which the jail would then sell as for real life cash. "If I couldn't complete my work quota, they would punish me physically. They would make me stand with my hands raised in the air and after I returned to my dormitory they would beat me with plastic pipes. We kept playing until we could barely see things," he said. His claims state that the 300 prisoners were forced to play for 12 hour shifts, making 5,000-6,000rmb per day, which is about $770-$900 U.S.
Chinese online gold farmers have been a continuing problem for American companies, like Blizzard Entertainment. It is estimated that 80% of gold farmers are working in China, topping out at about 100,000 full time gold farmers.