Software malfunctions and spilt drinks top list of console damage claims, according to UK insurer

Software bugs, split drinks and the dreaded 'Red Ring of Death' are three of the top five culprits behind console insurance claims according to data collected by the online gadget insurance company, protectyourbubble.com (opens in new tab).

In its continuing mission to educate the gaming public (or drum up more business with fear), the UK-based outfit has revealed a list of the most common console killers. They are:

1. Software problems (33%)
2. Spilt drink (24%)
3. Hardware failure (16%)
4. ‘Red Ring of Death’ (14%)
5. Game stuck in machine (5%)


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Anyone's who's been a gamer for more than one week can likely relate to at least one or two items on this list. And while each are infuriating in their own right, perhaps the more pressing is the news that people actually pay for console insurance. This is a thing?

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