The case had created a dilemma in China where no law exists for the ownership of virtual weapons.
Qiu Chengwei, 41, stabbed competitor Zhu Caoyuan in the chest after he was told Zhu had sold Chengwei’s “dragon sabre”, used in the popular online game, “Legend of Mir 3“, the China Daily said on Wednesday.
Qiu and a friend jointly won their weapon last February, and lent it to Zhu who then sold it for 7,200 yuan ($870), the newspaper said.
Qui went to the police to report the “theft” but was told the weapon was not real property protected by law.
The court was told: “Zhu promised to hand over the cash but an angry Qui lost patience and attacked Zhu at his home, stabbing him in the left chest with great force and killing him.”