US$179,668 Paid for Virtual Real Estate in Entropia Universe, Marking the Largest Purchases in Entropia Universe of 2006
Winners of Virtual Real Estate Auction Announced Today After Ten Days of Frenzied Bidding for Virtual Shopping Malls
GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 4, 2007 -- MindArk PE AB, creators of the Entropia
Universe -- the original virtual world with a real cash economy, announced
today the winners of a public auction for the three virtual mall properties
within the world. Bidding lasted from December 19 into the late evening of
December 29, with the total winning bids amounting to US$179,668. The two
winners are Onkel RobRoy Bob who claimed two of the prestigious malls, and
Epsilon Eps Vaz who won the third piece of highly sought after Entropia
Universe real estate.
All of the malls are located in Calypso, one of Entropia Universe's most
heavily trafficked virtual areas. Two of the prime commercial properties
were claimed by Onkel RobRoy Bob, a 37-year-old quality engineer from
Sweden who stated afterwards, "I have seen many good deals pass through
Entropia Universe, so now I thought it was finally my turn." Onkel RobRoy
Bob bought the Twin Peaks and Emerald Lakes malls for US$35,000 and
US$74,601 respectively. The third property, in the trading capital of Port
Atlantis, was won by Epsilon Eps Vaz, a 19-year-old from the United
Kingdom. After claiming the mall for US$70,067 the young Epsilon said, "I
believe the Port Atlantis Mall is a great investment for the future.
Entropia Universe is growing all the time and Port Atlantis is a meeting
place for new players."
The malls will provide instant cash revenue to their new owners; each mall
includes three shopping floors, eighteen medium-size shops (each with a
display window), eighteen large-size shops (each with a display window plus
a display podium), three trade centers with an auctioneer, technician,
trade, society, and repair terminals, storage facilities, an ad screen,
tailoring, and construction machines. On the fourth floor of each mall,
there is a public teleporter and a public balcony. The top floors of the
malls also house a private penthouse apartment for the mall owner, complete
with a large private balcony overlooking the busy locations. The roof of
each mall has two spacecraft landing pads for future use.
MindArk's Chief Information Officer, Marco Behrmann, followed the auctions
closely and happily claims them, "the perfect thrilling ending to MindArk's
most successful year to date. The desire to own virtual real estate in
Entropia Universe is growing rapidly, which the mall auctions clearly show.
Big business has entered the virtual universe with tremendous force, and we
see no indication of this changing." Entropia Universe turnover amounted to
over US$165 million during 2005.
The sale of the malls reflects one of the main principles of Entropia
Universe. Entropia Universe actively supports sales of virtual products
with actual cash value within its real economy system. Entropia Universe is
the only virtual universe on the internet whose currency has a fixed
exchange rate with the US Dollar, where 10 PED = US$1. Its currency can
easily be moved between Entropia Universe and the real world using an ATM
card. The Entropia ATM card can be used to instantly withdraw real cash
from over 1 million ATM machines worldwide. The PED currency allows members
to invest in personal development and growth through the acquisition of
goods, buildings, and land in the Entropia universe.
About Entropia Universe and MindArk
The heart of Entropia Universe is a distant planet named Calypso, which
encompasses two continents with animal filled wildernesses and large
expanding cities that offer a variety of entertainment and social
interaction for its citizens. In Entropia, participants can create their
own persona, or avatar, via a character generation system, and then have
the option of choosing a suitable life and virtual existence for their
avatar. Characters are able to enter the evolving worlds of Entropia
Universe, which are full of unexplored and uncultivated lands.
Participants can join a community or even create a civilization of their
own. Entropia offers a new avenue for individuals to pursue dreams,
fantasies, and adventures in an astoundingly 'real' virtual universe.
In December 2004, Entropia Universe set a world record, certified by the
Guinness Book of World Records, when it sold a virtual Treasure Island for
US$26,500 as the largest dollar amount spent, to 22-year-old Australian
David Storey, a.k.a. "Deathifier." In October 2005, the sale of an
asteroid based space resort for US$100,000 to famed gamer, Jon 'NEVERDIE'
Jacobs, set a new record for the most valuable virtual item.
Entropia Universe is a registered trademark of MindArk PE AB. MindArk
supports and monitors the services and maintenance of the Entropia Universe
site. MindArk began in April of 2003 in Sweden, and has expanded to have
partners throughout the world. Entropia Universe was launched in 2003 and
has reached over 500,000 registered accounts. MindArk offers the Entropia
Universe software to users free of charge with no monthly costs or
associated subscription fees. For more information or to download the free
Entropia Universe software please visit www.entropia-universe.com. For
more information on EU developer, MindArk, please visit www.mindark.com.
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