A virtual in-game “space station resort,” auctioned off by the makers of Project Entropia, has been sold to real-life entrepreneur Jon Jacobs for $100K. Jacobs forecasts revenues of $20,000/month from admission fees, residential and commercial rental fees, advertising fees from the station’s billboard system, etc.
Apparently there is some speculation that Jon and the makers of Entropia are in cahoots, trying to generate buzz. Well, I’ll bite. *grin*
While I’m more interested in property being generated by end-users in games like Second-Life, it’s interesting to see how differing levels of creative and/or entrepreneurial need can be addressed by game developers. Perhaps these games will become so popular that developers can offer “design seminars” in major cities in order to encourage further creativity and activity. I bet people would pay to attend the seminars (though it might be worth making them free.)