A player in the outer space themed MMORPG Planet Calypso has purchased the Crystal Palace Space Station, a popular destination within the game's universe, for the sum of $330,000 or 3.3 million in Project Entropia currency.

A recent article appearing on the BBC News predicted the virtual goods industry, already a $5 billion market in Asia, to reach similar heights in the U.S. within the next five years given the rise of social networking and a new type of casual online gamer. On the heels of that report, it perhaps comes as no surprise that a player in the outer space themed MMORPG Planet Calypso who goes by the name of “Buzz Erik Lightyear,” has purchased the Crystal Palace Space Station, a popular destination within the game’s universe, for the sum of $330,000 or 3.3 million in Project Entropia currency. Of course, the obvious question to ask, is why?

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