Player Makes $335K in Virtual Real Estate Deal
"Neverdie' busts record for real profit on single virtual sale
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Nov 15, 2010 2:27 AM CST
Updated Nov 15, 2010 7:02 AM CST
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(Newser) – Afraid to speculate in the real estate market just now? Try the unreal real estate market instead, where one lucky player of the Entropia Universe virtual reality game is $335,000 richer thanks to sound virtual investments that earned him some real money. Entropia player Jon Jacobs—known online as Neverdie—sold his parcel on a fictitious asteroid to player "pesok" in the multiplayer online game, breaking the virtual record for a profit on a single sale, reports the Christian Science Monitor.

Entropia uses its own currency, but pegs it to the dollar, and players must buy into the game with real money. Believe it or not, Jacobs hasn't made the most money playing a reality game. Ailinn Graef—known online as Anshe Chung—has become a millionaire thanks to business dealings in the game Second Life.