Vandals strike EVE Online monument in Iceland

Believe it or not, CCP‘s real-world monument to EVE Online lasted four days before being vandalised. In-game drama spilled over into our universe, with one gamer deciding someone’s name didn’t deserve to be celebrated.

The vandalised monument

The vandalised monument

A Twitter account was set up with just one post, announcing the vandalism (with photographic evidence), and leaving no real doubts as to motive.

Xenuria found your name and lost it again. You’re welcome, everyone in eve!

Xenuria is a well-known troll in EVE Online, accused by some of being a member of lulzsec, a hacking group that has targeted a number of gaming companies in the past. The player has denied the claims.

Regardless of whether or not Xenuria is guilty or not, the vandalism is in pretty poor form. The universe of EVE Online is notoriously politically charged, and the attempted eradication of one name is unlikely to be a standalone event.

CCP has swiftly addressed the situation, pointing out that – unlike in a game – this sort of action has real world consequences.

This is damage of public property in the City of Reykjavik. The police have been informed, and investigation is ongoing. This is not a laughing matter, and will be dealt with as a criminal offence. We are currently reviewing security footage from a number of surrounding buildings.

EVE Community Manager CCP Falcon politely requests that gamers stop attacking Xenuria. “It’s not funny, it’s not clever.” The CCP communit does not tolerate victimisation.

What’s happened is absolutely disgusting. It’s an insult to the entire community and is clearly the work a person who believes that behavior in a virtual world is a valid reason to make a real life personal attack on someone, and deface public property.

We will not tolerate this.

In addition to the security footage and other real-world evidence, Falcon explains “a number of players” are already assisting the company with information, including gamers believed to be in the vandal’s own alliance.

A monument to EVE Online

A monument to EVE Online

The studio is also appealing to EVE players’ better nature:

I’ll make a simple one time offer, that if the person who defaced the monument wants to come forward and contact me relating to this, then they can do so by EVE mailing my Dev character. If this happens, we’ll take it as a gesture of good faith after an extremely stupid act that was committed.

The monument was raised as part of EVE Fanfest 2014, and records every player in the universe on a statue designed to last “1000 years”. This might not be the best start for it.

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