I mean, if you’re going to play a video game that requires real money, may as well spend what you stole, right? /sarcasm
This guy worked at a heavy-equipment dealer (think bulldozers, etc) in Rocklin (yes, THAT Rocklin), and somehow managed to – over several years – steal about $4.8 million dollars from the company. He bought things like sports cars, season tickets to the Kings and 49ers, golf club membership, things like that. He also spent, and we’re not joking, right around $1 million on a video game. He wasn’t an investor in the game or anything like that, he literally spent it IN the game.
It’s a game for phones, by the way. IT’s called “Game of War,” and it’s free to play. How did he spend the $1 million in-game then? The game allows you to spend real money to upgrade yourself and make it up the ladder a bit more quickly, so you become more powerful and better at beating your opponents in the game. The more you spend, the faster you climb that ladder – or re-climb – in the event you’re beat by your opponent and have to start fresh.
The average “spender” in the game spends about $550 bucks. This guy spent about 1,800 times that amount.
I wonder if he’s any good in the game? He’s facing 20 years. Check out more on the story here.