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I can't speak directly for tf2, but I make very good money selling stuff in the d3 auction house. People will pay crazy prices just for digital items. It's amazing!
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I can't speak directly for tf2, but I make very good money selling stuff in the d3 auction house. People will pay crazy prices just for digital items. It's amazing!

They're talking about the guys who create custom content for TF2, not people who trade items in a second hand market. They get a cut of the profits from the in game store whenever an item they made sells.
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They're talking about the guys who create custom content for TF2, not people who trade items in a second hand market. They get a cut of the profits from the in game store whenever an item they made sells.

Finally some reason. You people that think you can make 500k a year on a trade server I have a bridge for sale.
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I can't speak directly for tf2, but I make very good money selling stuff in the d3 auction house. People will pay crazy prices just for digital items. It's amazing!

What's a d3 auction house??
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What's a d3 auction house??

Diablo 3, you can sell items in game for real money.

Its a system implemented by blizzard.
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Well well, I've seen Valve's resident economist before on Mad Max Keiser Report

http://maxkeiser.com/tag/yanis-varoufakis/
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"Those that make 500K a year have no social life whatsoever and sit for at least 8 to 10 hours in front of the computer modeling and thinking of new designs...."

And then they spend the next three years sipping drinks on a beach in Goa.
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"Badass" indeed. thumb.gif

BTW, I still have the Apple earbuds, and I wear them anytime I play as Heavy. People be jelly. biggrin.gif

P.S. Don't ask how I got them. rolleyes.gif

I constantly get friend requests from random people/TF traders asking for my buds.

it's even more hilarious when the person pretends to be a girl.
 
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Don't waste your time in this hat business. You will make a few hats if you even know how to even start. Thereafter, you will get poor sales because your hat(s) looks like a pile of crap compared to the others. Those that make 500K a year have no social life whatsoever and sit for at least 8 to 10 hours in front of the computer modeling and thinking of new designs.

Here's the other catch to this story. “We cannot compete with our customers” -Gabe. They don't have to compete with their customers because they are already getting a percentage of the sales from each individual item maker. I would estimate that each maker gets about 40 to 48% of the money that each item bought brings to valve. Makes a lot of sense, make the players do the work for you at a cheaper price than hire more 3D modeler/texture artist/animators that would expect a salary anywhere from $27K to $55k.

Haha I was never really going to get INTO it or anything just wanted to try it if I ever get bored in the next few weeks which is bound to happen. Definitely not seriously.
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Haven't people been doing this with Diablo 3, WoW and other such mmo's for years now? Not really surprising. Lots of people will pay top dollar for useless cyber crap that makes their digital representation look cool to them. I suppose in a way it's not too different than paying for a DLC, but I can't see myself forking up real money for anything like that.

kind of.... TF2 has various different ways of doing things.

To all those curious on how you sell ear buds and such, they have trade servers as well as looked down upon tactics. Dude wants earbuds? get him on your friends list or a pm, use paypal for the money and trade the buds. People WILL do that, or get keys. Trade keys for items you can sell, ect... ect... I've herd of all sorts of ways to make money on these types of games. WoW was the trickster, most people made money selling high level characters. D2 didn't do so well with that because you could power level. D3 now has the auciton, which you could make money on but it isn't world wide. That and I never met Diablo players who would pay for a high ranked character just to PvP in. Idk, you might see it, I just know people sold characters in WoW like mad.

Cool stuff though, maybe I should create items? Hmmmm.
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