- (online gaming) The business of farming/grinding for in-game currency (gold in many games) and items in massively multiplayer online games for for-profit resale outside of the game.
2007 October 23, Ge Jin, “Chinese Gold Farmers: Immigrant Workers in the Game Land”, in Friedrich Von Borries, Steffen Peter Walz, Matthias Böttger, editors, Space Time Play: Computer Games, Architecture and Urbanism: The Next Level, Birkhäuser Basel, page 463:
- The gold farming industry turns one man's play into another's work, but most gaming workers see a clear difference between work and play.
2010 October 26, Lastowka, Greg, Virtual Justice: The New Laws of Online Worlds, Yale University Press, ISBN 9780300141207, OL 25418783M:
- While some companies seem largely indifferent to gold farming, others see gold farmers as unfairly extracting value from property that they do not own. Gold farming is often described as a parasitic business practice that undermines the stability of virtual economics.
As a verb, the present participle "gold farming" is almost always used, gold farm as a verb is rarely, if ever, used.