Because I love TF2 so much I figured I would write this up. Cross posted from SNews:
Not fooling. Valve has hired an economist. Yes, a REAL economist.
It was late at night in October of last year when the strange email arrived. In fact, I only read it by accident and did not delete it by some miracle of fate.
Before the Euro Crisis erupted in 2009, I was just another economics professor, minding my own little theoretical endeavours, writing obscure papers and esoteric books that only a few hundred nutcases around the world (like myself) would ever read, terribly satisfied in my very own academic cocoon. Back then, I would never even imagine not answering an incoming email.
Valve seems to be slightly concerned about a possible imbalance in the Mannconomy for Team Fortress 2. Either way this isn’t something you see everyday. Then again this is Valve we’re talking about.