PvP taken a bit too far

From ABCnews

Online gamer killed for selling cyber sword

A Shanghai online game player has stabbed to death a competitor who sold his cyber sword for real money.

The sale created a legal dilemma because China has no law covering the ownership of virtual weapons.

The China Daily newspaper reported that a Shanghai court was told Qiu Chengwei, 41, stabbed competitor Zhu Caoyuan repeatedly in the chest after he was told Zhu had sold his dragon sabre, used in the popular online game Legend of Mir 3,

The online game features heroes and villains, sorcerers and warriors, many of whom wield enormous swords.

Qiu and a friend jointly won their virtual weapon last February and lent it to Zhu, who then sold it for 7,200 yuan.

Qui went to the police to report the theft but was told the weapon was not real property protected by law.

“Zhu promised to hand over the cash but an angry Qui lost patience and attacked Zhu at his home, stabbing him in the left chest with great force and killing him,” the court heard.
‘Private property’

Newspaper reports on the incident did not specify the charge against Qiu but said he had given himself up to police and already pleaded guilty to intentional injury.

No verdict has been announced.

More and more online gamers are seeking justice through the courts over stolen weapons and credits.

“The armour and swords in games should be deemed as private property as players have to spend money and time for them,” said Wang Zongyu, an associate law professor at Beijing’s Renmin University of China.

But other experts are calling for caution.

“The assets of one player could mean nothing to others as they are by nature just data created by game providers,” an unnamed lawyer for a Shanghai-based Internet game company said.

Why didn’t he just take his flag off?

[size=1]…I’m sorry… I’m so sorry.[/size]

Qiu and a friend jointly won their virtual weapon last February and lent it to Zhu, who then sold it for 7,200 yuan.

That’s about $870. Shouldn’t he be congratulating him instead of stabbing him with great force?

[EDIT] Granted, he probably should have checked with him first.

This part from a BBC article on this story surprised me a bit:

The row is thought to have blown up partly because China has no laws that cover the theft of virtual in-game items.

This is in contrast to places like South Korea which has a section of its police force that investigates in-game crime.

Wow, they have special police forces dedicated to investigating in-game crimes? MMORPGs are that hot over there?

There’s next year’s Law and Order spinoff. “Virtual Crimes Unit”

Finally a thread for the Chinese Lawyer, but the Asian barrister is no where to be found.

I think they should build a working replica of this awesome sword (minus whatever magical powers or whatever it has) and run this guy through with it.