Verhalen over zogenaamde 'swaetshops', goedkope Chinezen die voor weinig vele uren per dag werken in virtuele werelden, gaan al langer de ronde. 1UP heeft wat veldonderzoek gedaan, zeker de moeite waard om te lezen.
"For all the so-called virtual sweatshops discovered, a lot of these young men and boys don't mind their jobs, and they aren't exactly working in sweatshop conditions. There's a world of difference between making sneakers and watching bots fight all day. However, they are underpaid, or as Smooth Criminal puts it, "They get paid dirt. But dirt is good where they live."