Actually the two share more than just a database as I discovered on 20 January when checking out the prices of Eve Online ISK amongst the various 3rd party RMT shops. I found the Avatarbank site was down and started laughing as I saw the page displayed. The site was in debug mode and instead of displaying a standard HTTP 500 error I saw a big page full of lovely information that linked Avatarbank, Koala Credits and the Canadian RMT dealer InGameDelivery.
|Database Connects Two and Payment To A Third?|
Now, perhaps the developer just likes cute teddy bear-link creatures. I've known programmers who have named variables like that. So I kept looking and the server administration email looks really suspicious.
|More links between Avatarbank and Koala Credits|
The linkage between the three 3rd party RMT sites in the error that occurred also leads to some additional questions. Last week two notable events occurred in the world of the Eve Online ISK market. The first is that after an absence of two years the gold selling giant IGE is selling ISK again. The second is that both AvatarBank and Koala Credits raised their prices to around $31 per 1 billion ISK last week, a very uncompetitive price in the 3rd party ISK market. One might think they were clearing the field for IGE to allow the company to get re-established in Eve.
One additional fun fact emerged from connecting the dots. Looking at MMOBUX, a web site that rates virtual currency sellers, finds its customer satisfaction rankings dominated by, surprise, Koala Credits, InGameDelivery and Avatarbank.
|MMOBUX Customer Satisfaction Rankings|
As of 5 Feb 2013