RuneScape was a lifeline for both his whole family and Martinez from Megaomgchen's blog


[There are two main variations of RuneScape 3 and Old School RuneScape (OSRS). OSRS is the older and RuneScape gold more popular version, which is preferred by Venezuelan RuneScape players since it's easier to run and doesn't use much information. For the remainder of this story, once we refer to RuneScape, we are speaking about OSRS.] RuneScape was released in 2001 by developer Jagex, but it's just in the last four years a rising number of Veneuzelans have started depending RuneScape because their main source of revenue. One RuneScape player is ex-accountant Martinez, who asked that his last name not be published to protect his RuneScape account. Following the inflation rate of the bolivar supposed he could no longer survive on the money he earned, martinez stopped his job.

RuneScape was a lifeline for both his whole family and Martinez. He tells Polygon he earned $450 in RuneScape, and used that cash to flee Venezuela and move to Peru. He continued to play with RuneScape and saved an additional $1,000, which he used to receive his mom and girlfriend. "RuneScape is a super mainstream approach to earn money in this era," Martinez writes. "Depending on which state in Venezuela you are from, pretty much everybody knows about RuneScape."

It's nothing new, however, it's become more pronounced as Venezuela's infrastructure has been unable to operate in the past couple of years. Every Venezuelan RuneScape participant we spoke to for this story told us they sell their gold for either U.S. dollars or cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, meaning that their hard work isn't jeopardized by the hyperinflation of their currency, the Venezuelan bolivar.

They don't struggle to find places to invest the money they earn, possibly -- a recent study estimated that 54% of transactions in Venezuela last October were completed in U.S. bucks. "I personally know a good deal of people that left the country thanks to OSRS and know people trying to do it," he continues. "I'd say that nearly all the youth that have had the chance to depart the country have now done so -- likely either via OSRS or alternative ways.

"Things are getting steadily worse over time. I have my sister and nephews over there -- you can't have a regular job; a large number of households live off the money their expats send them" There's plenty of online sites which focus on the purchasing and Best OSRS Gold site selling of RuneScape commodities. It is a market, with various websites taking out Google Ads to appear at the top of search listings. At the time of writing, 1 million RuneScape gold sells for 63 cents.

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