The only way I could see it every stopped would be to undercut the market and sell it directly themselves. It would be difficult for a RMTer to sell 1mil gold for $15-$20. But legitimizing RMT would really throw the fragile economies of these games into utter havoc.
...it would? I don't think it'd do anything but divert some of the funds already buying in game currency back to the devs. People already buy lots of the stuff, obviously, so if the devs offer a secure way to buy the same thing inside the game it's not a lot different than some shady guys in china doing it as well.
I don't think there are a lot of people who are on the fence about paying for virtual currency. You're either already doing it or you're not willing to spend additional money on this game you already pay for each month. Some people want to spend more, and that is why gold farmers continue to thrive. In eve online you can buy 30 day pilot extensions (PLEX's), which are basically a month of service for a price determined by the market. (between 270-330 million isk) The only way to get those plex's to sell is to buy them from CCP. ($17.95 each) I'm one of the players enabling that practice by buying those plex's. I'm making it possible for people in the game I play to buy the same isk I earn by playing the game. I'm fine with it and the game isn't collapsing.
FYI 270 million isk is about a weeks worth of gaming, pretty steady gaming at that, least an hour or 2 each night.This comment was edited on Oct 5, 2009, 17:40.