But this is the reality for Timon "Stuka" Miles, a relatively new player to Entropia Universe, the game where the fictional currency is linked to real world money, akin to Second Life. Stuka's fortune stems from a piece of DNA from the extinct "Letomie" monster -- an item that can resurrect the creature if all of it's DNA fragments are found inside of the game. After a brief placement on the Entropia Universe forums, Stuka moved the auction to the official in-game auction house where it attracted the attention of Zachurm "Deathifier" Emegen, owner of the 26,000 real world dollar Treasure Island, and Jon "NEVERDIE" Jacobs, owner of the 100,000 real world dollar space station.
Entropia Universe's bidding system operates on a "five more minutes" function, where if a bid is placed shortly before the close of the auction, five more minutes is added to the duration of the sale to prevent sniping. NEVERDIE and Deathifier went back and forth for more than two hours before NEVERDIE logged out of the game when he would normally place his bid. The auction closed with Deathifier paying 127,271 PED, which equates to over 12,700 in U.S. dollars.
NEVERDIE had intentionally logged out of the game (no glitches or crashes here, folks) and just wished to add a bit of a flair to an already tense bidding process.
Deathifier has confirmed that more fragments of DNA will be needed to construct the Letomie, so this is not the last we may see of insane bids and DNA fragments anytime soon.
[Via PINKY, Entropia Universe News]