A Shanghai man stabbed to death a fellow online gamer who sold a virtual sword they had jointly won while playing "Legend of Mir 3", Reuters reports.
Qiu Chengwei, 41, repeatedly stabbed Zhu Caoyuan after discovering that Zhu had sold the "dragon sabre" for 7,200 yuan (£464). Qiu had lent his friend the cybersabre last February, later reporting it as "stolen" when he learned of the transaction. Police, however, told him that - as the disputed weapon was virtual property - he had no recourse to law.
Yet more proof that virtual worlds are very "real" to the people who inhabit them (though from the sound of it, I'm not sure if anything is real to someone like this). And another indication that the EULA alone is not sufficient to resolve disputes among players. Time to finish the experiment we began at last year's State of Play to explore the necessary tools for allowing players to devise their own dispute resolution mechanisms. Pistols at dawn was not one of them.