For the Win
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For the Win

By Cory Doctorow
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Book Description

A provocative and exhilarating tale of teen rebellion against global corporations from the New York Times bestselling author of Little Brother a call to arms for a new generation. Not far in the future in the twenty-first century, it's not just capital that's globalized: labour is too. Workers in special economic zones are trapped in lives of poverty with no trade unions to represent their rights. But a group of teenagers from across the world are set to fight this injustice using the most surprising of tools - their online video games. In Industrial South China Matthew and his friends labour day and night as gold-farmers, amassing virtual wealth that's sold on to rich Western players, while in the slums of Mumbai 'General Robotwallah' Mala marshalls her team of online thugs on behalf of the local gang-boss, who in turn works for the game-owners. They're all being exploited, as their friend Wei-Dong, all the way over in LA, knows, but can do little about. Until they begin to realize that their similarities outweigh their differences, and agree to work together to claim their rights to fair working conditions. Under the noses of the ruling elites in China and the rest of Asia, they fight their bosses, the owners of the games and rich speculators, outsmarting them all with their unbeatable gaming skills. But soon the battle will spill over from the virtual world to the real one, leaving Mala, Matthew and even Wei-Dong fighting not just for their rights, but for their lives.


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Table of Contents
  • For the Win
  • READ THIS FIRST
    • INTRODUCTION
    • AUDIOBOOK
    • THE COPYRIGHT THING
    • DONATIONS AND A WORD TO TEACHERS AND LIBRARIANS
    • ABOUT THE BOOKSTORE DEDICATIONS
  • Part I: The gamers and their games, the workers at their work
  • Dedication:
  • Part II: Hard work at play
  • Part III: Ponzi
  • Acknowledgements:
  • Bio:
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