Video Game Law Blog

October 19, 2006

Ever had the feeling that you pay too much tax? Ever escaped to your favourite MMO to avoid the realities of everyday life? Well, a taxing reality may soon catch up with gaming worlds and their economies at least in the US.

A senior economist for the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress has been quoted as stating that they are considering whether the sale of in-game goods should be taxed and that they are at 'the preliminary stages of looking at the issue and what kind of public policy questions virtual economies raise — taxes, barter exchanges, property and wealth"?.

The MMO Second Life is cited in the GameDaily article referenced below as an example of a large in-game economy based on the purchase of virtual items like clothing and vehicles, which generates as much as a half million dollars in sales a day.

Will Canada follow suit? Stay tuned.

coverage at (GameDaily)

For more on the importance of MMOs' economies and the interest that they have generated IRL (both in business and with the tax authorities) you should read The New York Times article at (registration required)