Wagering in second life: new policy
This is the title of the blog I read this morning.
It is a violation of this policy to wager in games in the Second Life (R) environment operated on Linden Lab servers if such games:(1) (a) rely on chance or random number generation to determine a winner, OR (b) rely on the outcome of real-life organized sporting events,
(2) provide a payout in
(a) Linden Dollars, OR
(b) any real-world currency or thing of value.
This includes (but is not limited to), for example, Casino Games such as:
o Pai Gow
o Sic Bo
o Slot machines
It also includes Sports Books or Sports Betting, including the placing of bets on actual sporting events against a book-maker or through a betting exchange.
Linden Lab will actively enforce this policy. If we discover gambling activities that violate the policy, we will remove all related objects from the inworld environment, may suspend or terminate the accounts of residents involved without refund or payment, and may report any relevant details, including user information, to authorities and financial institutions."
What about the investments?
More to come on this.
In the meanwhile there was a strike going on, on Orientation Island. What will become of Second Life, how is Second Life going to survive this?
If there are no casino's anymore, there will be no more money for newbies, and they will not be able to buy things, so other residents will not earn money, so the economy of SL is at stake here.
Of course you can always take a premium account, and you don't have to visit casino's or camping spots, but was that not the charm of SL for newbies?
So, we will come at the end, to only premium residents, as they are the only one who "paid their membership" to the Linden's. All the others will dissapear sooner or later, I suppose.