If you weren’t aware Eve Online is a really big deal to some folk, like, a REALLY big deal. For a game with only 500,000 subscribers (okay, 500,000 is a big number…if we weren’t talking MMO’s) it has its own convention, its own Council of Stellar Management (which, not only has a really cool sounding name, but is like a government made of players and developers to settle in-game disputes and laws) and a real life monolith of a monument in Reykjavik, Iceland!
The monument, unveiled at the beginning of Eve Fanfest 2014 just under a week ago, was vandalized shorty after the convention ended. A sticker bearing the insignia for Goonswarm (one of the in-game factions) was stuck to the face and another player bragged about scratching out the name of a suspected hacker from the base.
In true Eve fashion this was not taken lightly and swift justice prevailed, with Eve community members tracking down those responsible, those compliant with the act and even those with alliances to the culprits (just like real space police!)
CCP Falcon, Community Manager of CCP Games, said the vandalism was an insult to the entire Eve community and that CCP Games will “continue to operate a zero tolerance approach to dealing with harassment and victimization in the Eve Universe.”
As a result of these investigations, three players- with seven Eve Online accounts and one Dust 514 account between them- have earned themselves a permanent ban from Eve Online (losing everything they had amassed in-game) and have been blacklisted from all future Eve Fanfest events.
While the community has been justifiably outraged and a number of people have requested that we release the in-game identities of those who carried out the act, we feel that this would be contrary to our privacy policies. As such we will deal with this incident in line with our current policies, and the identities of those responsible will remain confidential.
CCP Falcon continued:
“With this in mind, we now consider this issue resolved within the Eve Universe, and any further action taken outside the virtual world relating to criminal damage or recovery of costs for repairs to the Eve Universe Monument will remain confidential between CCP Games, the authorities and those involved.”
Which just goes to show, if you’re going to commit crime in Eve Online do it in-game. At least you have a chance to punch in into light speed to escape or bribe dirty officials, things I definitely do not recommend trying in real life. $16 and a packet of half eaten croissants apparently never equates to a good bribe…