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A gamer who spent £13,700 on an island that only exists in a computer game has recouped his investment, according to the game developers.
The 23-year-old gamer known as Deathifier made the money back in under a year.
The virtual Treasure Island he bought existed within the online role-playing game Project Entropia.
He made money by selling land to build virtual homes as well as taxing other gamers to hunt or mine on the island.
How long will it be before the companies that run these MMORPGs figure out that they can start levying property taxes, and doing some of the other things that nation-states do here in “meat space” to bring in revenue?