A U.S. congressional committee is investigating games such as Final Fantasy XI and World of WarCraft to see how it should be handling real-world profits garnered from made-up economies.
The article quotes Sam Lewis, a designer who worked on Star Wars Galaxies. ?Ownership, property rights, all that stuff needs to be decided. There?s just too much money floating around,? he said. ?The tax laws don?t know how to behave because these are virtual items: ones and zeros on a database we?re allowing you to play in."
Expect someone to have his (very real and hardly virtual) hand out soon.