In a bizarre case, a man bought a game character for $1.4 million and his friend later sold it for a mere $552 using the in-game marketplace.
The South China Morning Post reported that a man in China spent $1.4 million buying a character in ‘Justice Online’ – a massively multiplayer online role-playing game.
However, his friend, who was given the character to play, sold it for $552. He defended himself by saying it was a mistake and he was trying to sell the character back to his friend. He said he made a typo while listing the character’s price due to exhaustion from too much gaming.
The character was snapped up quickly after it appeared on the game’s marketplace.
After the mix-up, the man who originally bought the character sued his friend as well as NetEase, the Chinese gaming company that runs Justice Online. The case was ultimately settled when NetEase revoked the transaction, returning ownership to the plaintiff. However, he was also forced to pay nearly $13,000 in damages to the gamer who bought the character.
After the settlement, the local court in Sichuan shared a post on social media warning gamers not to spend too much on video games.