Virtual Stuff Stolen, Sued Over

By Deane Barker on December 21, 2003

Online gamer in China wins virtual theft suit: This guy was playing Red Moon when a someone broke into his account and stole a bunch of his (virtual) stuff. He wanted the stats and stuff restored to his character in the game, so he sued.

“I exchanged the equipment with my labor, time, wisdom and money, and of course they are my belongings,” it quoted him as saying of the virtual property he collected online.

The company argued that the value of the virtual property only existed in the game and was “just piles of data to our operating companies.”

I court agreed and Beijing Arctic Ice Technology was ordered to restore his character.