Man murdered in video game row

Manila – A man has been stabbed to death in the Philippines capital following a row between two groups of men playing the popular shooting video game Counter-Strike.

The quarrel between the men playing the game – in which gamers playing either terrorists or anti-terror officers try to kill their opponents – erupted in an internet café, police investigator Noel Ibanez said today.

The teams had bet 300 pesos (about R53) on the outcome of their competition on Monday, but when one side won an argument broke out over payment, said Ibanez.

A member of the winning team, still angry over the dispute, later followed losing player Eric Cristobal to his home and stabbed him to death, he added.

“He (Cristobal) did not start the quarrel. He just got caught up in it. But they all had long been betting on Counter-Strike,” said Ibanez.

The suspect was arrested by police yesterday.

Internet cafés are very popular in the Philippines, mainly among young people who pack into them to play computer games, often for hours on end.
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