11-year-old killed over Dota, 16-year-old suspect detained
No matter how angry you are, it’s never right to get violent with other people over a game, let alone take a life.
However, that’s not what happened a few days ago in Malolos, Bulacan in the Philippines when a 16-year-old young man killed an 11-year-old boy.
A report by ABS-CBN News states that the police believe the cause to be related to the hacking of an “online Dota account”. The victim was last seen with the suspect around noon last Sunday, February 23. The suspect initially denied seeing the boy, but his heavily blood-stained shorts and drops of blood leading to his house are currently strong evidence against him.
If game hacking is indeed the cause of the murder, then the game in question could actually be Dota 2. Unlike items in MMORPGs, in-game items in Dota 2 don’t really give a player any advantage aside from looking good. However, some people make money out of selling the rarer items for real money. This is not the first time we’ve heard of game collectibles resulting in violence and murder, but no matter how much the value stolen or lost, it is still not enough reason to take another’s life.
The murder took place in a construction site behind the victim’s house, where he was found with 40 stab wounds on his body. A murder case has already been filed, and because the suspect is still a minor, he will be put under the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
We’ve attempted to contact the the Malolos police department for comment but thus far have been unable to reach them.
(Source: ABS-CBN News)
UPDATE 28-02-14: This article has been updated to change the title to better reflect the situation