Business Insider has uncovered an arbitrage-driven market for Warframe’s popular arbitration feature, and it’s big enough that it can be profitable.
The tool allows players to use the game’s “Arbitration” mode, which allows them to make a decision on the nature of their dispute, with no money to be earned.
It’s similar to a traditional arbitration court case.
Warframe’s Arbitration feature is also the main reason the game is so popular among players.
It offers players the opportunity to negotiate with NPC-level arbitrators, who can make a ruling on the player’s behalf.
Arbitrators can then offer to resolve a case through negotiation or mediation.
Warfones arbitration feature can be a game-changer for players.
But, as Business Insider points out, it can also be a pain in the ass.
“The problem is that arbitrators can make money by taking the sides of the dispute and charging you fees,” said Andrew C. Karp, CEO of game developer ZeniMax.
“In other words, the arbitrators are just making money by having arbitrators decide whether you’re going to go ahead and settle or you’re not.”
Karp says the most effective way to avoid arbitration is to pay the players directly.
And when that doesn’t work, you can always turn to third parties, like the United States and Australia.
Warframes arbitration system allows players a way to “discount” their dispute and “discuss” with arbitrators.
This is a big boon for players who want to avoid being subjected to arbitration, which is usually a pain for players because it can take up to 10 business days to resolve disputes.
“If you have a dispute, and you want to resolve it, you’re essentially paying a third party to do that work,” Karp said.
“It’s a big time sink.
It makes you lose money.
So it’s really, really important to avoid that.”