In the year 2017, games either die in obscurity, or they live long enough to see players spending $US486.93 ($614) on a purple mini-skirt.
This week, the wildly popular online shooter PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds added a handful of paid cosmetic items as a "test" of a key and crate system that will be added to the game when it leaves early access. Many players vocally protested the system, noting that, even though it's only temporary, it still feels like a violation of Brendan "PlayerUnknown" Greene's claim that the game wouldn't start asking players for more money until it properly launched. Some of the items remain in high demand, if Steam community marketplace prices are anything to go on (via Dot Esports).
The Steam marketplace allows players to buy and sell in-game items with real money. The highest priced single item at the moment is a purple mini-skirt that looks like it's survived more than a few trips through the washer (and also a hellish, unending battle purgatory). It starts at $US460 ($580). The highest one has sold for is $US486.93 ($614), and most have gone for more than $US300 ($378). If skirts aren't your thing, you can nab a pair of nondescript hot pants for only $US287.50 ($363).
Outside those two items, the priciest items are part of the larger "PlayerUnknown Set". PlayerUnknown's bandanna is currently starting at $US389.64 ($491), and his trench coat -- speckled with tiny medals of honour -- starts at $US297.67 ($375). For some reason, buying those two items together in a "set" starts at $US896.05 ($1130), much more than they'd cost individually. Markets, eh?
While the current asking prices for these items are high, they're actually not the highest on Steam. Rare items in popular Steam games such as CSGO and Dota 2 have been known to sell for prices in the neighbourhood of $US2000 ($2522).
I do want a rad purple mini-skirt, but I think I'll pass on this one. I'd literally kill for one in the game , but $US460 ($580)? Nah.