Lessons for the virtual economy

Dan Kolkowitz, CTO PlaySpan Inc.


The talk will describe the market for virtual goods in the online game industry, virtual worlds, and social networks. This will include:

  • An overview of the business models for the buying and selling of virtual goods as well as the development of the "virtual economy".
  • A review of some of the history of virtual commerce and some of the big events and players that have helped shape it.
  • The relationship between developers, publishers and payment providers, issues on intellectual property rights and game integration for ownership and transfer of virtual goods.
  • An overview of some of the legal, technical and financial issues that are involved with the commerce for virtual goods.

Time and Place

May 12 20 2009 (Tuesday) at 1630 hrs
Gates 4B (opposite 490)