May 22, 2008 — In a recent survey conducted by BackgammonMasters.com online backgammon game operator, only 20 of 500 survey-participating players had ever heard of Second Life Virtual world currency, the “Linden.” Moreover, of the 20 survey participants who knew of the “Linden,” only two of those individuals communicated interest in using the virtual currency to play in Backgammon Masters. The 500-surveyed were international players, not in the United States.
As part of the survey, BackgammonMasters stated that Linden winnings could be cashed out for the real currencies that are accepted-BackgammonMasters cashier currencies. These include: the US Dollar, Euro, CND, GBP, British Pound, Australian Dollar, Czech Koruna, Hong Kong Dollar, Danish Kroner, Hungarian Forint, New Zealand Dollar, Japanese Yen, Norwegian Krone, Singapore Dollar, Polish Zloty, Swedish Krona, Swiss Franc and the South African Rand.
From the results of the survey, BackgammonMasters concluded that its players were not willing to use the Linden currency in lieu of the USD, GBP or Euros. Participants cited playing for non-virtual currencies, from making bets to withdrawing winnings, as more enticing than using the virtual Linden for game transactions.
At present, the secure online cashier of BackgammonMasters provides automatic currency conversions that are commission-free. In the past this was a timely and costly calculation process. Now, customers make deposits and withdrawals in their native currencies, which eliminates poor exchange rates and high bank charges. In addition, multi-currency deposits are acceptable and converted automatically into U.S. currency by BackgammonMasters. These deposits are used to play Backgammon, Poker, Blackjack and Perudo.
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