Amazon MMO players face higher taxes than Jeff Bezos IRL

Jeff Bezos smiles with New World in the background.

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Last week, New world‘s Sticky Notes pointed out that taxes on trade post transactions would rise from 2.5 percent to a whopping 5 percent. The funny thing about this situation is that the MMO is published by Amazon Games owned by Jeff Bezos. Last year, Pro Publica reported that Jeff Bezos paid a true tax rate of 0.98% from 2014 to 2018. This means that if you want to trade Amazon’s MMO, you pay five times the tax rate Bezos pays in real life.

New world is an MMO that has you stranded on a magical island. Magical creatures want to kill you and you must work your way into a sustainable civilization. Trading is a big part of the player-driven economy. Which is a shame, because this game keeps coming up against economic problems like free golda deflation Crisis that led to the rise of barter, and pause the economy Above Cheats for gold duplication. Presumably the developers want to prevent any kind of economic collapse can happen.

That’s why players pay more taxes: That’s what a community manager says New world has gotten more players and more money is being poured into the economy. To compensate for these changes, the tax rate for using the trading post will be calculated Marketplace in game has been raised. Lost Sacks Coins have had their content reduced to 250 and can no longer be found in elite chests. Ironskins also drop half as often to increase their gold value in the economy. Ybut one could also argue that these changes are here to ensure players grind even longer.

Of course, Bezos isn’t personally rubbing his little leprechaun hands while flipping video game tax rates back and forth. But it’s funny how the developers care so much about flattening spurious taxes while the richest man in the world thinks he cares about little things like “the common good.”

Billionaires don’t play by the same rules as the rest of us. Corresponding Pro PublicaBezos’ fortune increased by $127 billionmillion from 2006 to 2018, but he only reported $6.5 billionmillions of them. So he only paid $1.4 billionMillions in personal taxes to federal agencies — effectively 1.1 percent.

Both New world and the real world are similar in one respect – the system is designed to keep workers at an acceptable level of poverty. At least the MMO is honest.

https://kotaku.com/amazon-new-world-mmo-jeff-bezos-taxes-trade-post-1849789733 Amazon MMO players face higher taxes than Jeff Bezos IRL

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