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Vector090 #1 Posted 01 July 2012 - 06:16 PM

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It just occurred to me that a service like WoT would make an amazing money laundering tool. You pump money from wherever you like into development/licensing/promotional/whatever costs and then you get clean money coming out the other side with gold purchases. And if your billing entity is actually inside the EC (as opposed to in, say, Russia) EC banks would not be required to check source of the funds if they exceed amounts in AML regulations. It's beautiful!

EDIT: DISCLAIMER: I am not accusing anyone of anything, of course. Just saying it would work great!

Moving to off topic section

- Ectar

Edited by Ectar, 04 July 2012 - 04:12 PM.


mc2 #2 Posted 01 July 2012 - 06:21 PM

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:Smile_trollface-3:

Sturmgeschutz4 #3 Posted 01 July 2012 - 06:23 PM

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Interesting, I guess.
I have one question: what does this have to do with "Gameplay Discussion"? :Smile_Default:

imperiumgraecum #4 Posted 01 July 2012 - 06:23 PM

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Hm..........

**now, where did I put the swiss bank account serial numbers**

xy876 #5 Posted 01 July 2012 - 06:26 PM

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Did you figure this out just now?

Shady "online services" are doing this for more than a decade already. This is why some "online services" are banned in some countries. But you don't need to make a whole game for it.

Arrrbol #6 Posted 01 July 2012 - 06:27 PM

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yep, £30 for an ingame purchase (crappy tank at that) when you can buy another game for the same price

Vector090 #7 Posted 01 July 2012 - 06:31 PM

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View Postxy876, on 01 July 2012 - 06:26 PM, said:

Did you figure this out just now?

Shady "online services" are doing this for more than a decade already. This is why some "online services" are banned in some countries. But you don't need to make a whole game for it.

making a whole game, as you say, could be aimed at reducing the cost of laundering. if you launder money through various schemes, say real estate for example, you can take up to a 30% loss on your original sum (and this can be considered an acceptable loss). but if you set up something like an online game, you actually have the opportunity to generate more revenue than what you put into it!

xy876 #8 Posted 01 July 2012 - 06:35 PM

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Who were talking about real estates?

Gambling. Various trading sites. Or basically any site that offers some random "service" instead of material product will do it.

Eg I tell you your future for 10 euro. Legal business.

OIias_of_Sunhillow #9 Posted 01 July 2012 - 07:14 PM

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Yep,   ...can see it now,   ...the Mafia playing World of Tanks to clean money up, to spend on, ...oh    ...er,    ...premium tanks.  :Smile_amazed:

X101 #10 Posted 01 July 2012 - 07:21 PM

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Only WOT? So many games out there why only WOT as tool for money laundering?

Vector090 #11 Posted 01 July 2012 - 08:38 PM

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View PostX101, on 01 July 2012 - 07:21 PM, said:

Only WOT? So many games out there why only WOT as tool for money laundering?

Well I did not say that was the purpose of WoT, just to be clear.

But for argument's sake, if it was WoT's case, it would explain how they really kind of don't care what the community thinks or asks for or complains about and they just need to keep a sort of cash flow going, even with a lot of account turnover. basically not too worried about quality but focusing a lot on advertising so that there are a lot of new players for all the ones who quit.

xy876 #12 Posted 01 July 2012 - 08:47 PM

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The explanation is much more simple.

Do they have to care?
No. People are still playing and paying. Their marketing is building up a much more powerful hype than the whining you see here on the forum.

TANKS LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! TANKS ONLY HERE! COME AND TRY EXISTING AND NON-EXISTING TANKS FOR FREE! DOWNLOAD NOW AND PLAY FOR FREE!

Works like a charm. Who cares about a few whining forum users.




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