WIred Magazine have written a simple overview of the booming virtual gold trade. World of Warcraft is the focus of the article – after a year or so involved with WoW I can vouch for how much work it takes to accumulate half-decent gold reserves, hence the burgeoning market in paying someone else to earn the gold for you.
Virtual goods are a fast-growing market, with World of Warcraft playing its fair share in driving demand. Non-gaming worlds like Second Life have virtual goods as the key to its economy, with just as many ingenious methods of earning money.
Thanks to Guy Kawasaki for the heads-up.