The online gaming community goes hard when it comes to in-game purchases on character cosmetics, among other things. That's how massively popular titles like Counter-Strike, PUBG, Fortnite, and others are making money. Some of these items are so rare that people usually end up paying thousands of dollars worth of in-game currencies.
On the same lines, a gamer in China named Lu Mou who plays an online title called Justice Online seems to be an enthusiast. He recently came under the spotlight for suing his friend for selling one of his in-game characters. Yes, he sued his friend for mistakenly selling his game character.
As absurd as it sounds, we think anyone in Lu Mou's place would have done something similar. Turns out he had spent over 10 million Yuan on his video game character which roughly translates to about Rs 10 crore. And if your friend ends up selling such a prized possession for Rs 40,000 on the marketplace, then we think you'd be super pissed too.
Mou apparently gave the character to his friend name Li Mouscheng to use. But Mouscheng, who was dizzy from excessive gaming, ended up selling the character to someone in the marketplace instead of returning it back. He sold it for mere 3,888 yuan which roughly translates to about Rs 40,000. See why he's getting sued?
A judge to whom the case was presented, ended up ruling the case in favor of Mou. He said the game character must be returned to the original owner. Mouscheng will also have to pay damages worth 90,000 Yuan which is roughly Rs 9 lakh to the guy who bought the character from him online.
The judge also issued a warning to people about the dangers of spending high amounts of money on online gaming. This issue came to light weeks after a new law was passed in China which prevents gamers from spending too much money or even play for a long time to curb gaming addiction. This is particularly serious in the case of minors who usually end up spending way more than they're supposed to.
While we don't have such laws in India, we do suggest each and every one of you to keep track of the hours you put into online gaming. It's also a good practice to wait for year-end sales, etc, before splurging too much money.