According to recent
reports, South Korean Lineage
players have been ganging up on Chinese players in an attempt to wipe them from
Korean servers. The recent killings are a response to rumors that Chinese gamers have not been following the unspoken
rule: don't take money or items dropped by a monster slain by another player.
Items from the game are sold
for real money on online trading sites, and Chinese gamers have been reportedly joining South Korean servers because
there are greater opportunities for making real money in these matches due to an abundance of trade. Unfortunately,
Korean gamers have begun to see the Chinese presence as a threat, prompting some of these players to stage violent
massacres. In areas like the Island of Dreams, where it is relatively simple to earn money, gangs of Korean players
have been hunting down any Chinese player that dares to enter the region. One Korean player claims, "you can tell
they are Chinese because they can't speak Korean." Lineage
continues to be plagued by
identity theft, which may be linked to reports that suggest there are Chinese sweatshops where workers play ceaselessly
to earn money using Korean identities. More than 220,000 South Koreans have reported their identities stolen. NCsoft,
makers of the game, are aware of the virtual genocide and have begun blocking Chinese IP addresses on Korean servers.
NCsoft has sided with Koreans because the company is against item trading, which NCsoft apparently considers an
exclusively Chinese practice.