Animal Crossing player in China sets up island store that takes real money

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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.

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.

Nick Pearson
I'm the Reviews Editor here at Nintendo Enthusiast, and I'm a major fan of all consoles and eras.