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He buys much of his gold through middlemen, who purchase gold in bulk from gold farmers and then sell it to websites such as El Dorado or Sythe. Horn estimates that he's racked up between four and five thousand euros, fueling what he believes at some point was the equivalent of an addiction to gambling OSRS gold.

As players like Corne and Mobley were able to come back the game of RuneScape with the appetites and wallets of adulthood, the black market for the game grew. Players still reported the existence of Chinese gold producers, but there were also other people who were making money off RuneScape's revival: Venezuelans such as Marinez.

On the 12th of March the year 2020, Marinez decided to enroll in a police academy located in Caracas, the capital of Venezuela and to pursue becoming a police officer. On the same day it was announced that the Venezuelan government announced the first two cases of COVID-19.

It then shut down all schools, sealed the frontiers between Venezuela as well as neighboring countries and put six states as well as Caracas on quarantine. Marinez was left stranded on the road and holed up at his uncle's home in a city over 50 miles from his capital.

Following two and a half months of recuperation, Marinez came back to Maracaibo, "without any money in my pockets," he said. Marinez tried to find work but was unable to find one in an employment market destroyed by the epidemic, as well as a lengthy economic downturn.

Ten years ago, Venezuela, a petrostate under the leadership of Hugo Chavez, witnessed a collapse in oil prices. 2017 was the year that price of a barrel plummeted to just $50 from a high of more than $100, along with The U.S. instituted wide-ranging sanctions against Venezuela's dictatorial government.

"When oil prices started to decline in the early 2000s, there was not enough funds to import goods," said Alejandro Velasco who is a instructor at New York University who specializes in Venezuelan political issues, in an interview over the phone. "As an outcome that there was not enough cash to sustain the economy."

Venezuela's bank accounts were empty following the spending of its most recent oil profits on social services such as subsidized healthcare, food, or literacy education programs. Chavez has also removed perceived dissenters from the oil business following an attempted military coup, affecting production cheap OSRS GP.

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