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Planet Calypso Space Station Sells for $330K

The Planet Calypso Website has a follow-up on the auction of the Crystal Palace Space Station in Planet Calypso, saying this virtual real estate sold for a stunning $330,000 USD. Word is:

FPC congratulate avatar Buzz Erik Lightyear for acquiring the Crystal Palace Space Station for the amount of 3,300,000 PED (USD 330,000).

The price also surpasses the old world record for virtual property previously set with the purchase of Club Neverdie - The Virtual Space Resort and Nightclub, for 1,000,000 PED (USD 100,000).

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6. Re: Planet Calypso Space Station Sells for $330K Dec 31, 2009, 19:16 NKD
 
Uh... does anyone else see where this is headed?

When this amount of money starts getting involved, the law isn't far behind. Let's say the service shuts down tomorrow, deleting that guy's stuff. Let's say he sues for compensation. Let's say he wins.

Big trouble for MMORPGs and other online worlds. They become liable for the value of someones virtual goods.

This stuff always makes me nervous. What happens when our in-game assets start to have real financial worth that the government is interested in?

There is already precedent that says an MMO player legally owns their MMO goodies in a couple of countries such as China. How long before we see it in the US? The only reason we haven't seen it so far is that MMO developers are very careful not to bring the issue into court.
 
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If you don't like where gaming is heading, stop giving your money to the people who are taking it in that direction.
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