Looks like a debit card is in the works for Second Life, the company behind it, Perfect Card, envisions you being able to use it in world and in real life. They say they just need to get the security stepped up, and if they are talking about banking in Second Life, that certainly is the case, and they believe this can open up doors for them that most places cannot. They are planning on releasing the card by Christmas of 2008.
Perfect Card currently provides debit cards for corporate customers like Dell and AOL Broadband implementing reward schemes for employees as well as serving the Richmond Shopping Centre and the forthcoming Quays shopping centre in Newry.
“At the moment we have an office in Second Life but we realized that while we have a real world product for gifts we are looking at transferring that into the virtual world whereby someone who is given a card as a gift can convert this into Linden Dollars,” explained Perfect Card’s Nikki Evans.
Perfect Card, which has been in business for two years now, provides debit cards on the back of the MasterCard platform and is actively looking at breaking into new markets and new countries.
“Already people can use our cards to buy goods online,” Evans continued. “We realized that setting up a direct physical sales channel in each country would take years so we looked at Second Life and realized a virtual version would give us access to an audience of 8.5 million people.” Source: Dublin company creating debit card for Second Life
Maybe once they settle on a security platform they can offer it to some of the homegrown banks in Second Life.
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