Dutch Teens Brutally Beaten By Online Game Possessions

Dutch Teens Brutally Beaten By Online Game Possessions

Teen brutally beaten by rivals to win masks and an amulet in a medieval fantasy-themed game

Dutch Supreme Court upheld the theft conviction

Court said that the virtual objects had a value to the gamer who was 13 because of 'the time and effort he put into in winning the game.

By Jill Reilly Updated: 11:45 BST, 2 February 2012


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A Dutch teenager was beaten up and threatened with a knife after a dispute over virtual possessions in the wildly popular online fantasy game RuneScape.

The attack on the 13-year-old boy occurred because he "picked" an amulet and mask during a game, which was also what two teenagers wanted.

They kicked him and brandished a knife, while forcing him to log into RuneScape and relinquish the items.

Intimidation: The teen was beaten up and threatened with a knife in the course of an argument over virtual objects in a well-known online fantasy game known as RuneScape

This allowed one of the pair who was also playing the game to effectively steal the items.


RuneScape, which was founded in 2001, is home to around 10 million active players, many of whom are believed to be regular players.

It is set in the medieval world of Gielinor which is made up of rolling hills of grass and vast areas of woodland.

The game holds Guinness World Records for world's most popular free role playing game.

In 2009, a hacker hacked into computer accounts and stole virtual characters and their belongings from RuneScape and was given an arrest warrant by the police.

A few months prior to that, a RuneScape account was sold on eBay for a price of PS46,000.

The assault took place in 2007 and the two attackers were sentenced in 2009, one of the defendants appealed to the Dutch Supreme Court.

However, yesterday the Netherlands Supreme Court upheld the theft conviction.





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The lawyer of the suspect had argued the amulet and the mask were neither tangible nor material and, unlike electricity, were of no economic value.'

The Court declared that the virtual objects had intrinsic value to the player at the age of 13 due to the time and energy that he put into winning them while playing.

Their names are not public because they were minors, and the defendant who appealed was later sentenced to 144 hours of community service.


Virtual life isn't new.

The Dutch Supreme Court ruled that the virtual objects were of intrinsic value to the gamer at 13 years old due to the effort and time invested in winning them'. It also upheld the theft conviction.

In 2009 a man who hacked into accounts on computers and snatched virtual characters and their possessions from RuneScape was given a police caution.

The Dutch Supreme Court sentenced the defendant to 100 hours of community service.

In September of last year a middle-aged man in Devon came to the house of a schoolboy and slammed him after his online character was killed in a game of Call Of Duty.

Mark Bradford, 46, was furious at being shot in the war simulation by the 13 year old and then lost it when the youngster manipulated him in the aftermath of his online death.

Unemployed father of three Bradford was escorted from his bed in Plymouth, Devon, and confronted the boy at the home of his son's friend by putting his hands around the neck of the schoolboy.

They had been playing Call Of Duty: Black Ops online against one another and were talking on microphones.

The attack ended when the teenager's horrified mother pulled Bradford off the boy, who was left with reddening and scratches to the neck.

In 2005, a 20-year-old male from Alabama who shot three police officers, claimed that his actions were not due to the time that he played the video game 'Grand Theft Auto' where players shoot police officers and steal cars.

Following his arrest Devin Moore told police: 'Life is a video game. Everybody must die at some point.'