Man spends $1.4 million on game character… and his friend sells it for $552
A man who splashed out an outrageous $1.4 million on a game character which was inadvertently sold by his friend for just $552 has been forced to go through the courts to recover his cash and the pricey avatar.
Lu Mou spent the money developing his in-game character on Justice Online – a massive multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG).
Mou temporarily ‘loaned’ the expensive character to his friend Li Mouscheng to play with. However, somewhat off colour following a marathon gaming session, instead of returning the avatar to Mou, Mouscheng accidentally listed it on the NetEase marketplace for a bargain 3,888 yuan ($552).
Within seconds of the listing appearing, an eagle-eyed gamer swiftly grabbed the discounted character.
Mouscheng explained to the court – where NetEase revoked the transaction – that he intended to sell it back to Mou for 388,000 yuan ($55, 138) but made the error following an excessive gaming stint that left him feeling “dizzy”.
A judge at the Hongya County Court of Sichuan Province ruled the plaintiff would receive his $1.4 million investment back but he was also forced to pay 90,000 yuan ($ 12, 789) in damages to the buyer who jumped on one of the gaming deals of the century.
After the matter had been settled, the local court took it as an opportunity to warn people about the dangers of spending too much time playing video games.
This serves to highlight China’s recent stringent outlook on gaming addiction which saw the powerhouse enforce time restrictions for those under the age of 18.
The recently-passed laws also prevent children younger than 16 from spending more than 200 yuan per month on in-game items.
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