Law Applies to Everything, Even Video Games

 Law Applies to Everything, Even Video Games

Doing fraudulent acts with other rosters in gaming results in penalties ranging from suspensions to bans. On the contrary, in Denmark, virtual scamming now results in a more tangible punishment such as time in jail.

An individual was recently proven guilty for scamming Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. A news website reported that the virtual bandits’ victims took action against him by taking him to court in Denmark. Resultantly, the scammer received jail time for doing fraud.

The victims were two players from Counter-Strike skins and one of them lost out on the arsenal worth around $230. Both the victims filed separate police reports which encouraged them to take action, irrespective of their peculiarity of the in-game ad-ons economy. The virtual thief is to serve 30 days in jail and 40 hours of community service along with a monetary payment of 5000 Danish Kroner which amounts to 750 USD – to be paid to the two victims.

The experience of one of the victims, Nicolai “Nille” Pederson, was reported by; earlier this year Pederson attempted to sell a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive knife and came across a buyer for $230. The deal was made and the buyer was to make a bank transfer to be transacted for Monday, as the deal was made during the weekend. However, no transaction was made and the buyer had also blocked Pederson which eventually led to the police report.

The law seems to find trade of in-game items to be irrelevant. But after Pederson, another report was filed which led the scammer to spending a day in court. On this day, Pederson came face to face with the scammer. Since the lay man does not entirely understand the concept of in-game skins, the judge and the defendant’s lawyer took their time to do so but after a bit, came to a crucial decision. The verdict given by the court put Pederson at surprise as the defendant made very less effort to prove himself innocent.

The outcome of this case was a shocker for many as it is not every day that a court would prosecute a case like that and also that those scammed would win it. This is most definitely a good sign for the in-game item economy as it is highly likely for them to be taken seriously now.

Saad Usmani

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