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For nearly two years now, a 45-year-old English man funneled money from his mother’s bank account just to fund his need for extra Steam games, as well as items for other online games (I'm guessing DLCs), Telegraph reported.

Even worse: It was because the man was acting as his mother’s caregiver that he had access to her finances. Back in January 2016, the man’s mother noticed that a sum of more than £1,700, or almost $2,500, was missing. It was only then that the man admitted taking it to finance his Steam habit.

Charged with fraud, the compulsive gamer was recently hit with a 12-week prison sentence, a temporary nighttime curfew, and an order to pay the money back. According to the man’s lawyer, the defendant/son won’t have to worry about that last part, telling the court, “He has now resolved matters with his mother.”

Unfortunately for him, the British penal system was not so forgiving.

We all know Steam sales can be addictive–– Kotaku recently posted about US Congressman Duncan Hunter, that seemingly spent £920($1302) of campaign money on Steam games.

We can’t speak to how “resolved” the matter between mother and man really is. But it sounds to us like this high-rolling gamer is probably going to find his punishment a little tougher than, say, playing Dark Souls 3

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