One of the very first things I learned playing MMOs was to never loan out your characters. Not only is it against the rules, it’s just stupid. There are too many things that can go wrong. A man in China learned that lesson the hard way.
The unnamed man spent a total of $1.4 million building up a character for the MMORPG, Justice Online. After spending more money than the average gamer will see in a lifetime, the man loaned his character to someone he thought was a friend. The so-called friend held the most expensive video game character in the world hostage and tried to sell it back to the man for 388,000 yuan ($55,138). When the man refused to pay the ransom, the friend sold the character on the in-game market for 3,888 yuan ($552).
The man then sued his former friend and NetEase, the gaming company who makes Justice Online. A settlement was reached where NetEase canceled the transaction and gave back the character. However, the man ended up having to pay out 90,000 yuan ($12, 789) in damages to the player who bought the character.
So, what have we learned from this story? Do NOT loan out your characters or accounts. You will be sorry in the end. Most instances of this will not have the same outcome. Every single MMO that I’ve ever played gives warnings about this. Those warnings mean that they are not held accountable for what happens to your account if you share the login information.
Remember, keep your enemies close and your account information closer.