11-Year Old Stabbed to Death Over Dota Hack Dispute in the Philippines

11-Year Old Stabbed to Death Over Dota Hack Dispute in the Philippines

Dota killing

The 16-year old suspect allegedly stabbed his "friend" over 40 times due to a Dota account hacking incident in Bulacan, Philippines.

In rather depressing news, an 11-year old boy was stabbed to death by his 16-year old "friend" in Malolos, Bulacan in the Philippines, due to an alleged hacking dispute over the suspect's Dota account. According to the report, the victim was last seen with the suspect last Sunday (February 23); and while the unnamed 16-year old boy initially denied seeing the victim, his blood-stained shorts were found near the crime scene, along with the blood trail leading to his house. Additionally, they found deep injure marks in the suspect's hands, which could have resulted from using the knife he used for the stabbing.

The murder itself happened in a construction site near the victim's house, where he was found with 40 stab wounds. It was also shown that one part of the wall was heavily smeared with blood, which indicate the suspect could have slammed the 11-year old's head repeatedly before stabbing him to death. To date, a murder case has been filed, but seeing as the suspect is still a minor, he will be put under the custody of the Philippines' Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

For reference, the report is referring to the original MOBA game based on the Warcraft III mod Dota and not Dota 2. Dota is widely played in gaming cafes across Asia and matches usually involve money. Regardless of what game you're playing, how old you are or where you're based, murdering someone over a video game might be one of the most depressing things to hear and read about.

Source: ABS-CBN

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Does this kind of thing just happen more in Asian countries or is it simply reported less in the West? I have heard several similar stories all over the place in Asia but maybe a few in the states and Western Europe.

Anybody have any figures?

That many stab wounds along with the blood smear on the wall imply a lot of anger that shouldnt be part of a 16 year old. This kid has serious problems that they should really identify sooner rather than later. Imprisonment alone wont change anything.

It's only slightly more depressing because we imagine the hordes of soccermoms going absolutely batshit over things like these and the inevitable bigotry against gamers that follows through media.

For these kids, this might be their livelyhood and the single thing in their lives that makes sense. It could arguably have been anything else that triggered it (although there is an unhealthy side to gaming, especially obsessive gaming, that doesn't help).
I don't see this as being worse than the myriads of other things that go wrong every day, all over the world; The prime reason that I no longer keep up to date with non-gaming news, since I have issues distancing myself from it.

Wow, that's pretty horrible even when you ignore how petty it is to kill someone over a game account. Stabbing someone that many times is a sign of a troubled mind and a whole fuck ton of anger. No doubt Fox News are going to pounce on this one as definitive proof of how video type things are literally Hitler multiplied by the devil.

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Saulkar:
Does this kind of thing just happen more in Asian countries or is it simply reported less in the West? I have heard several similar stories all over the place in Asia but maybe a few in the states and Western Europe.

Anybody have any figures?

Hmmmm... I'm only speculating here but in a lot of Asian cultures gambling is a very big thing. They bet on everything. So maybe the commonality between the east and the west shouldn't be sought in the field of video gaming but in the field of back yard gambling which in some regions in Asia intersects with video games.

Looked at it this way I don't think it happens more in Asia than in the west. Though again, I'm speculating here...

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Saulkar:
Does this kind of thing just happen more in Asian countries or is it simply reported less in the West? I have heard several similar stories all over the place in Asia but maybe a few in the states and Western Europe.

Anybody have any figures?

I'd actually say the obsession the media has with its "competition" does nothing but encourage them to report on violence relating to video games... and that leads me to the conclusion that the West suffers from this far less than the East.

This article seems poorly written or worded. Maybe both.

My GF is from the Philippines, they are pretty serious about their games over there and game cafe's are pretty dam big. This is saddening but not hugely surprising.

When I get annoyed at games I just kick my computer. Or smash things, violence against people, Australia says no.

This kid clearly has problems. To carry out such a vicious attack over such a little thing indicates this kid has a troubled mind and probably serious anger management issues. Now to wait for the inevitable "video games cause violence" reports.

I'm from the Philippines, and this went all over the news.
DotA and other competitive games here are like gambling games. Kids gamble here in every possible way, from tossing coins to flipping fake pokemon cards.

But I highly doubt the reason for his death is just because of a game. The kid probably used the game as an excuse to cover up personal grudges or just a matter of petty "pride"/"you have no right to talk to me like" attitude.

Children in the poor parts of the cities, live in a dog eat dog world. They would start a brawl from just a simple insult. That kid was a victim of that.

And oh the news channel ABS-CBN is kinda hard to believe. It is like the Fox news version in the Philippines. They sometimes air the wrong kind of news. Like this recent one where there were a "flesh eating" disease/virus in the country. Days later, they found out that it was just a person who received medical help from a news channel for a known skin illness but didn't return to continue the treatment days later. Talk about "well that escalated quickly"

i dont think the article needed a crime scene photo with the body of an 11yo displayed

I get a bit shellshocked if someone is stabbed more than three or four times.

But FORTY?

Christ...

wombat_of_war:
i dont think the article needed a crime scene photo with the body of an 11yo displayed

I flagged it for review, that image really needs to be changed. Not cool, Escapist.

CriticalMiss:
Wow, that's pretty horrible even when you ignore how petty it is to kill someone over a game account. Stabbing someone that many times is a sign of a troubled mind and a whole fuck ton of anger. No doubt Fox News are going to pounce on this one as definitive proof of how video type things are literally Hitler multiplied by the devil.

Not really, since fox news doesnt care about anything non american

Alex Co:
his blood-stained shorts was found near the crime scene

you mean his blood-stained shorts WERE found near the crime scene. i don't generally get all grammar-nazi, but when someone is getting paid for their reporting, i expect a certain level of professionalism haha.

OT: this kinda shit needs to stop. every time some jackass pulls this kinda stunt, it fuels the fire of media and politicians linking violence and videogames. in truth, this could have happened over a game of monopoly nearly as easily, but the media will never see it that way.

CriticalMiss:
Wow, that's pretty horrible even when you ignore how petty it is to kill someone over a game account. Stabbing someone that many times is a sign of a troubled mind and a whole fuck ton of anger. No doubt Fox News are going to pounce on this one as definitive proof of how video type things are literally Hitler multiplied by the devil.

Captcha: Gotham city. Where were you Batman?

they would LOVE Hitler multiplied by the devil. in fact, they do love him. The name of his human form is Rupert Murdoch.

Sounds like your typical depressed easily angered psychotic-episode teenager lashing out irrationally to the point of madness on some poor kid who happened to be the only thing this guy could take out his built up frustrations on. And now the kid is dead and this guy has screwed up his entire life. It's a shame that teenagers in crappy situations who do struggle with dealing with life end up doing something like this because no doubt if he'd had help sooner this whole thing could have been avoided. But then his parents are probably a freaking joke, coke heads or lazy terrible people or worse.

I wanna know where they were or what they have to say for themselves. Why was an 11 year old allowed to hang out with a 16 year old like this. This teenager must have had a history of aggression or extreme emotional irrational behavior that his age would have only made even worse. How did he get a knife and walk home covered in blood and the police end up being the ones discovering him and not his family?

Their is so much that indicates this guy was screwed up, neglected and dangerous and and that NO-ONE, especially a young child should have been anywhere near him.

Tragic and sad but also makes me angry that we live in a world where this sort of scenario isn't an extreme rarity.

I don't envy the job of the person who had to count the number of stabs on that 11 year-old.

This is just... depressing.

SirBryghtside:

Omegatronacles:

wombat_of_war:
i dont think the article needed a crime scene photo with the body of an 11yo displayed

I flagged it for review, that image really needs to be changed. Not cool, Escapist.

Thirded, not something I wanted to see :/

Fourthed. That's not appropriate at all.

Also, I don't really understand, how exactly do you hack a Dota 1 account? There's no progression. Dota 2 has levels and items, but Dota 1 has none of that. If the kid was just on his account when that guy was trying to play, that's pretty horrid.

Smilomaniac:
It's only slightly more depressing because we imagine the hordes of soccermoms going absolutely batshit over things like these and the inevitable bigotry against gamers that follows through media.

Nah, I wouldn't count on that.

RoonMian:

Saulkar:
Does this kind of thing just happen more in Asian countries or is it simply reported less in the West? I have heard several similar stories all over the place in Asia but maybe a few in the states and Western Europe.

Anybody have any figures?

Hmmmm... I'm only speculating here but in a lot of Asian cultures gambling is a very big thing. They bet on everything. So maybe the commonality between the east and the west shouldn't be sought in the field of video gaming but in the field of back yard gambling which in some regions in Asia intersects with video games.

Looked at it this way I don't think it happens more in Asia than in the west. Though again, I'm speculating here...

Captcha: Beyond Me. Yes, that actually is true.

The most common form of gambling over DotA/CS/Basketball in the PH:

1. Party challenges another party in a cafe
2a. Winner plays for free, losers pay for the winners' time playing OR
2b. Loser has to buy bottles of drinks (usually soda or tea) for the winners. 1 per person. OR
2c. A combination of both.

Sometimes there's money involved (aside from the money spent for the time playing). Amount varies. Usually it's around 10 USD for college students.

PrivateRappist:
And oh the news channel ABS-CBN is kinda hard to believe. It is like the Fox news version in the Philippines.

Way to exaggerate. It is leagues away from becoming Fox News. Singling out a news outlet for sensationalism doesn't make sense nowadays anyway, when sensationalism is prevalent in a good majority of media outlets, not only local but around the world.

Holy fuck. Malolos is my birthplace.

Really close to this happening to someone I know.

martyrdrebel27:

Alex Co:
his blood-stained shorts was found near the crime scene

you mean his blood-stained shorts WERE found near the crime scene. i don't generally get all grammar-nazi, but when someone is getting paid for their reporting, i expect a certain level of professionalism haha.

OT: this kinda shit needs to stop. every time some jackass pulls this kinda stunt, it fuels the fire of media and politicians linking violence and videogames. in truth, this could have happened over a game of monopoly nearly as easily, but the media will never see it that way.

Changed it to "were" since US treats it as plural. Not me, though, I always see "shorts, pants" as singular. xD
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Another note, though, yeah, the media will have a field day with this; but ignoring it might be a bigger problem. I agree with the other posts that think the 16-year old boy has serious mental issues. If he didn't act out that day, maybe as he got older? I rage hard when playing games but never to the point that I want to kill anyone.

Note to self: never go up against any DOTA players from the Philippines.

Apparently to them DOTA is serious business.

There's a lot of anger in that 'kid.' Way too much anger. The hate that had to have gone into doing something like this...

Well there goes my day. What an awful way to die and that kid is severely messed up in the head. Potential head smashing and 40 stabs? My goodness, get the kid some help but he must serve some sort of sentence. None of this "minor" bullshit. Disturbed or not, he knows what the fuck he did.

"Regardless of what game you're playing, how old you are or where you're based, murdering someone over a video game might be one of the most depressing things to hear and read about."
Doesn't seem to me like he was murdered over a video game at all. More likely that it was because of money and friendship.
Video games were involved along the line somewhere it seems, but this most definately wasn't a crime *because* of video games.
These kind of stories... I often think to myself if someone was killed over some kind of debt whilst gardening would the "gardening community" write something similar?
Seems like the causes were monetary and betrayal based. You could probably substitute DOTA for poker or anything else for that matter.

So, did he get much gold out of it or is it subject to reduced reward for killing a lower level player?

Credossuck:
So, did he get much gold out of it or is it subject to reduced reward for killing a lower level player?

altrough he got knifed its still kinda forked up, and your joke is too spoon.

Yes, the eating appliances are intentional.

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im not sure thats the impression we want to give.

I'm very much against the death penalty in general BUT I'm willing to make an exception in this case. This kid is completely fucked in the head and it would probably be pointless to try and give him any sort of psychological help if he's already capable of committing such a violent and repulsive crime on the age of 16.

The more I think about it, however, the more I would just like to see a life sentence. What worse fate is there than being stuck in a little room with only the most basic necessities for the rest of your miserable existence?

I also wonder if you can get your DOTA account banned for stabbing your opponent in real-life.

Anger is anger. Doesnt matter what caused it as it different things for different people. Some have killed their wives over a badly cooked meal or due to some one cutting them up on the road. But then i guess "kid stabbed due to anger" isnt a grabbing story is it? Only last week 29 people killed in China due to religion and another 55 boys killed in Africa for the same reason - dont see fox news bleating about the evils of religion?

Sorry for the rant, just annoys me. Poor kid. They need to change laws to make people of all ages accountable. Seems younger and younger kids are committing serious crimes like murder.

Side note: Good call on changing the picture. Appreciated.

Double post - sorry.

 

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