Per industry analyst Daniel Ahmad, a Chinese Animal Crossing: New Horizons player has applied a bit of entrepreneurial ingenuity to take advantage of the many, many uses for custom designs in the game. When visiting the player’s island shop, you can buy their custom-made in-game items by scanning QR codes on their island that enable you to send real-world money their way through two of China’s most popular mobile payment services, WeChat Pay and AliPay QR.
A Chinese Animal Crossing player has set up a store on their Island where other players can buy custom designed in game items from them.
They added their WeChat Pay and AliPay QR codes as a custom design in the game so people can send them real world money for the items. lol pic.twitter.com/eCeRDZ1O9v
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) March 29, 2020
With a process not unlike Apple Pay, it’s deceptively easy to scan and send money to the island owner just from info you find on screen in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. I admire the business sense – with so many corners of the world economy grinding to a halt, plenty of other aspects of normal social life have jumped into Animal Crossing, from weddings to birthday parties. It was only a matter of time before a pop-up store, well, popped up.
That said, this is almost certainly against Nintendo’s online terms and conditions. If they take notice of the sort of racket taking place in their precious Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the perpetrator may find themselves banned from Nintendo Switch Online entirely. Sadly, there’s no way of knowing if they’ve picked up enough cash for that to be worthwhile.