Imagine spending $1.4 million on a video game character, lending it to your buddy, and then realizing that s/he mistakenly sold it for just $522. That’s exactly what happened to one gamer in China, who sued his (ex) friend (and developer NetEase) for auctioning off his Justice Online MMORPG character for just 3,888 yuan. The defendant claimed that he made a typo because he was too dizzy from excessive gaming at the time.
The case was ultimately settled with the mediation of a judge online. NetEase revoked the transaction, and the plaintiff paid the buyer 90,000 yuan (US$12,789) in damages. After the settlement, the local court in Sichuan posted on social media that the case was a great example of the protection of digital assets, and it warned gamers not to spend too much in video games.