Beijing Man Drops a Fortune to Game on Asia’s Largest TV (UPDATE: Video!)
Last night in Beijing, a man known only as “Fire” rented Asia’s largest LED television screen for a 10 minute online gaming session. The “Sky Screen” is an open air screen located at a shopping mall in downtown Beijing, and is 250 meters long and 30 meters wide. That’s 7500 square meters of screen, for anyone not in to numbers. The crazy thing is that Fire paid RMB 4500 (US $678) to play….PER MINUTE!
Again, for those of you who are mathematically challenged, Fire paid a total of RMB 45,000 (US $6,782) to play his game for 10 minutes. He played the game “Devil 2“, a Chinese MMORPG, on his laptop while laying on a couch that was prepared for him before he arrived. The gaming session drew the attention of many passers-by who at first believed the game to be an advertisement.
After ten minutes the game screen went away and [fire] just stood up and just walked off – Eyewitness
Apparently Fire is the leader of “Double Dutch”, a local Chinese gamer clan possibly affiliated with a clan with the same name from the Netherlands, and this may have been some sort of stunt to attract attention. Either way, reporters haven’t been able to get in touch with Fire or Double Dutch for comment so no one is exactly sure what the purpose of the stunt was. Chinese netizens were actually upset with Fire for showing off his money in public the way he did, venting their anger on Chinese blogs. “Horrible rich people,” one user wrote. Others compared his actions to “money-burning”. To be honest, if I were flushed like that I probably would’ve done the same thing.
Looks like Fire gaming session was actually a marketing stunt concocted by the creators of the “Devil 2″ game. Here’s a video of the event which has been floating around: