His name was so far unknown to most, but since as new greek Finance Minister he will have to find a way to reschedule and possibly reduce as painlessly as possible the 240 billion euro debt that Greece has towards Bce-Ue-Fmi, Yanis Varoufakis will soon be a household name even to the world press. To be true Varoufakis in Greece was already known for some time: already among the “ghost writer”, between 2003 and 2006, for speeches on economic issues of former Prime Minister greek George Papandreou, Varoufakis, co-opted in 2010 by Syriza (left party led by Alexis Tsipras winner of Greek elections on Sunday), is among the prominent names of emerging fifty of Greek politics, also because of the success of his blog and of his profile on Twitter (with over 141 thousand followers).
While he devoted himself with increasing dedication to politics Varoufakis manages to find time to do anything else: in 2012, contacted by the Valve (american software house which developed virtual worlds as Dota and Dota2) boss, Gabe Newell, after some initial hesitation agrees to become “economist in residence” of Valve solving the problems of virtual currency so far used in gaming platform Steam and in “freemium” games. Won the initial concerns Varoufakis develops the system that manages the purchase of content in Dota 2, customization of weapons in Counter-Strike (with Half Life one of the other games developed by Valve) and much more.
As explain Varoufakis himself, work on this project has allowed him to use virtual worlds and their economy to “change the economy’s underlying values, rules and settings, and then sit back to observe how the community responds, how relative prices change, the new behavioural patterns that evolve. An economist’s paradise indeed”.
The thing at the en should not surprise Mondivirtuali.it readers, since Gianroberto Casaleggio already has followed for years the evolution of Second Life virtual world before turning to M5S project and given that the virtual worlds followers always the same economic rules of real worlds, as explained Rosario Di Girolamo (aka Dep1050 Plasma) since 2009.
I wonder, then, that one day an Italian Finance Minister is not chosen among experts of virtual worlds, reather than “usual” circle of politicians or technicians with a voluminous academic curriculuae (that does not fail, however, even in Varoufakis, who was Professor of Economics in British universities, Greek ones and of Texas). If you want to know how it will end, continue to follow Mondivirtuali.it, even through our account son Twitter and our fanpage on Facebook (but remember: Mondivirtuali is even on Flickr, on Pinterest, on Scoop.it and on Paper.li, as well as on Youtube).