These two Diablo III players stole virtual armor and gold â€” and got prosecuted IRL
J Thoendell stashed this in Video Games
A bigger legal problem was that the pair had used a RAT to gain access to othersâ€™ computers. â€śThe dangerous thing is the tool [Nepomuceno] was using. Itâ€™s all fun and games but the dude has a RAT heâ€™s using against other people,â€ť said Wilkison. â€śMost people use it to steal passwords and bank accounts, but these guys were going after video game goods.â€ť
The pair got probationâ€”three years for Stinger and two years for Nepomucenoâ€”and have to pay Blizzard back $5,654.61, an amount that reflects how much the company spent investigating the case. Stinger is currently paying Blizzard $100 per month.
Wilkison says she sees the case as an â€śextension of all crime on the Internet.â€ť â€śPeople think they are not going to get caught, that theyâ€™re not going to be found in their bedrooms on a computer. They donâ€™t think itâ€™s that big of a deal,â€ť she said. â€śGaming especially lends itself to this suspension of reality,â€ť she added.
People are dead serious about their games ;)
Yes they are. And stealing is stealing, even in a game.Â