MMO firm Gala-Net (Flyff, Upshift Strikeracer) has announced that the firm will provide in-game item exchange for upcoming titles through an agreement with PlaySpan, the recently launched "first publisher-sponsored in-game commerce network".
According to an official statement from Gala-Net, which runs the GPotato.com online portal and was founded in August 2004 as a subsidiary of large Japanese online community firm Gala:
"The PlaySpan partnership provides Gala-Net's extensive community of gamers with a secure and interactive marketplace for buying and selling items. The partnership will cover multiple, yet to be announced titles, and will help greatly alleviate concerns about improper transactions and predatory traders."
However, the concept of RMT (real-money transactions) within games has continued to be a controversial one, given that MMOs have historically discouraged the practice for gameplay-related reasons - and this solution effectively allows an open economy in games.
Therefore, Gamasutra sat down with John Young, corporate vice president at Gala-Net, to discuss the new deal and why it makes sense for his company's games.