Ars Technica reports that Project Entropia and MindArk are in the process of getting an actual banking license.
…a Swedish video game developer has been granted preliminary approval for a real banking license by the Swedish Finance Supervisory…
…the game itself has proven to be incredibly successful, having generated over $420 million last year.
Now, though, MindArk’s going to be just like a bank in the real world: it will be backed by Sweden’s $60,000 deposit insurance, offer interest-bearing accounts for its clients, feature direct deposit options, let players pay bills online, and apparently will offer loans to customers.
And another long-standing prediction among virtual world watchers begins to come true: that virtual worlds would eventually become fiduciary institutions.