EVE Online is at least in part a game about space pirates. But it's also a massive, teeming online ecosystem that often blurs the line between virtual and real-life experiences. So when you mess with EVE, it's fair to say that you can expect to be met with swift and brutal justice both online and off.
EVE developer CCP taught several former EVE players this lesson in the best way possible this week after the Icelandic studio tracked down four people responsible for vandalizing a real-life monument to the game just days after it was first erected. In addition to pressing criminal charges against these players "outside the virtual world," EVE community manager CCP Falcon said in post yesterday on the game's forum that they will face an even harsher punishment in the game world.