A Brazilian gamer has chillingly confessed to killing a female professional “Call of Duty” rival after uploading gruesome video of her bloodied body to social media, according to reports.
Guilherme Alves Costa, 18, allegedly stabbed Ingrid Oliveira Bueno da Silva, 19, in his Sao Paulo home, where she had gone Monday to take part in a competition of “Call of Duty: Mobile,” the Times of London reported.
Fellow gamers raised the alarm after Alves Costa — who played online under the name “Flashlight” for the team “Gamers Elite” — posted the grisly footage.
“You’re thinking it’s ink or that it’s edited or something, but it’s not,” Alves Costa reportedly said online as he laughed.
“I really killed her, got it? I’ve got a book, too. I asked some people to share it. I hope you read it. It contains some truths,” he added, according to the Mirror.
The book was a 52-page manifesto in which Alves Costa explained why he committed the alleged crime, complaining about being tired with life, not having any goals and not getting along with people, the outlet reported.
He reportedly fled the scene but police were called when his brother arrived home and found the woman on the floor.
Alves Costa is reported to have called his family to say he would commit suicide, but his brother talked him out of it, according to the Mirror.
When cops arrived at his home in the suburb of Pirituba, they asked him for a motive in the crime, The Times reported.
“Because I wanted to,” he reportedly said, adding later: “I know the seriousness of this situation.”
Alves Costa is said to have told investigators that the victim had “crossed [his] path,” according to the Mirror.
Bueno da Silva, whose online name was Sol, competed professionally for a group called Fantastic Brazil Impact.
“She was an extraordinary person, whom we will remember every day that the sun rises,” the team said in a statement, according to The Times.
A Gamers Elite rep told local media that the team’s leadership had never met the alleged killer and expressed shock at the murder.
The video gaming industry has experienced a sharp rise in global sales amid the coronavirus pandemic, with billions of people spending more time in their homes and seeking distraction in lockdowns.
In Latin America, the e-commerce portal Mercado Libre reported a 200 percent spike last year in sales of merchandise connected to gaming, The Times reported.