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New Virtual Economy Research Network website launched


We are pleased to announce the launch of the new and improved Virtual Economy Research Network (VERN): a communication hub for scholars, students and developers interested in virtual goods, currencies and economies. The new site features:


  • VERN BLOG – Stay updated on virtual economy issues. Regular contributions from Adrian Crook, Benjamin Duranske, Juho Hamari, Jun-Sok Huhh, Greg Lastowka, Vili Lehdonvirta and Tuukka Lehtiniemi.
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY – The most extensive bibliography of scholarly works related to virtual economies. Submit references to your papers at
  • DISCUSSION FORUM – Discuss blog entries and start your own threads at
  • RESEARCH LINKS – An up-do-date list of links to useful online materials. Submit your own links at

Virtual Economy Research Network is maintained since 2006 by Helsinki Institute for Information Technology for the purpose of promoting academic research and enhancing communication between scholars and developers in topics related to virtual goods, currencies and economies.


There are still some rough spots left on the renewed site, so please bear with us as we work to perfect it. For any comments, suggestions and feedback, please send email to vern(ät)

Looking forward to seeing you on the new site!

Yours sincerely,

Vili Lehdonvirta, Tuukka Lehtiniemi, Juho Hamari

VERN Editors