CCP Games has “permanently removed” three individuals from the EVE community after being found guilty of defacing the EVE Universe Monument in Reykjavik during a recent fan event.
A total of four people were involved in the vandalism of the monument, which resulted in an alliance sticker being placed on it and a certain player’s name being scratched off. The three who were directly involved have had all their EVE Online and Dust 514 accounts permanently banned, while a fourth who was indirectly involved has received a six-month EVE Online ban. The four have also been blacklisted permanently from attending future Fanfest events.
“Firstly, I’ll say that the fact that the monument was vandalized is an insult to the entire community, not just to the individual who’s name was directly targeted by the vandalism,” developer “CCP_Falon” wrote on the EVE official forums. “Thankfully with the assistance of a number of members of the community, including some of those who were involved with the incident and other members of their own alliance, we’ve been able to make headway in identifying those responsible.
“Secondly, we would like to reiterate that we do not tolerate this kind of behavior and will continue to operate a zero tolerance approach to dealing with harassment and victimization in the EVE Universe.”
Despite calls from players, CCP decided not to release the in-game names of those involved as it would be contrary to their privacy policies.
“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.”