Revenue raising in real world dollars is so heavily ingrained in Second Life that the price of Linden dollars even fluctuates with the movement of real world currency exchanges and the more serious Second Life participants have even been known to make their entire real world income through offering services in game.
Although online poker has seen a huge popularity increase and countless rags to riches stories of successful players, the impact of online gambling for some is nothing but detrimental.
Gambling in Australia represents potentially one of the largest socio-economic problems in a country that prides itself on a high standard of living.
Around 80% of Australians partake in some form of gambling, while players lose some $21.5 billion a year to the pastime, the highest figures in the world.
Despite these harmful statistics, online gambling in Australia generally gets the green light.
Legislation passed in 2001 prohibits anyone physically present in Australia from partaking in interactive gambling services online.
These laws however, do not cover poker or online casino games and in stark contrast to countries like the USA, online sports betting is also completely legal in Australia.
Companies like Centrebet (one of the largest betting agencies in the world) are even permitted to sponsor sporting grounds such as Penrith Stadium and even sports teams, with Centrebet announcing a 3 year sponsorship deal with the St Kilda football club in 2011.
Needless to say, for now Aussies seem unafraid to wager their earnings at a hope of hitting the big one through online gambling services, which surely serves as a prophecy for the increase in the nations already rampant gambling affliction.
Methods to make money online have become a relatively staple part of the online market and have been for many years now.