Eve Online studio CCP says it has identified and punished four individuals involved in defacing its new monument to the player community.
The 16-foot tall Worlds Within a World monument was unveiled last Wednesday in Reykjavik, Iceland, marking the eleventh anniversary of the spacefaring MMO. The monument is inscribed with a list of every Eve Online player active at the time of its design.
Just days later, the monument was reportedly vandalized in two separate incidents: with an unidentified user bragging about scratching off the name of a polemical player on Twitter, and others affixing a sticker to the monument representing the controversial Goonswarm player group.
Eve community manager CCP Falcon said in a post on the game's official forums that the company has tracked down three individuals directly involved and one indirectly involved with the vandalism. The three have been permanently banned from Eve Online and the fourth has received a six-month ban.
Falcon said the vandalism was "an insult to the entire community, not just to the individual whose name was directly targeted", indicating that the punishments were meted out for scratching off the name rather than affixing the sticker.
All four are permanently blacklisted from Eve Fanfest, where the monument was unveiled and the vandalism occurred.
"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," CCP Falcon wrote.