A young professional video game player has been stabbed to death by one of her rival players…

According to ESPN Brazil, 18 year old gamer Guilherme Alves Costa confessed to stabbing fellow player 19-year-old Ingrid Oliveira Bueno da Silva to death. The murder took place at his home in Sao Paolo on February 22.

Alves Costa fled the murder scene, then confessed to the brutal attack in a video that he shared online.

The body of the young female gamer – who had made a name for herself in the male-dominated industry – was found by Alves Costa’s brother.

According to reports, Alves Costa was allegedly intent on committing suicide after the murder but his brother convinced him to turn himself in instead.

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According to the Insider, at the time of his arrest he showed no remorse and when asked why he did it, he said, “I wanted to.”

Da Silva whose online name is Sol played for a rival team in Call of Duty: Mobile

She was part  off the professional FBI E-Sports team. She went to Alves Costa’s house on Monday after he invited her to join him for a ‘joint competition’ after the pair made contact last month.

Alves Costa played on the Gamers Elite team, nicknamed Flashlight.

The Gamers Elite team released a statement after the incident, distancing themselves from the actions of Alves Costa.

The statement is translated below:

“After the clan leadership became aware of what had happened, we organised ourselves and took necessary measures: we informed the proper authorities and asked all our members not to share the video of the alleged crime.”

“Our relationship with the player Guilherme Alves Costa, nickname: FLASHLIGHT, has always been one of virtual interaction. We have never seen him in person and few in the organisation have ever seen his face.”

“We would also like to state that our organisation has never supported ANY criminal act in any way and will never condone or apologise for it.”


Can online gaming lead to violent behaviour?

Prolonged exposure to media violence can have an effect on your mental health and is a significant risk factor for aggressive and violent behaviour according to the American Psychological Association.

“The research demonstrates a consistent relation between violent video game use and increases in aggressive behaviour, aggressive cognitions and aggressive affect, and decreases in prosocial behaviour, empathy and sensitivity to aggression,” says the report of the APA Task Force on Violent Media.


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