"insult to the entire community".
EVE Online user Xenuria had their name defaced. CCP regard the incident as "absolutely disgusting," and now threaten action within the community "along with any legal action".
The monument was designed by Sigurður Guðmundsson and was gifted by CCP Games as a celebration of EVE Online's longevity, and includes a buried time capsule.
Currently the blame is directed toward Goonswarm, who are notorious for orchestrating attacks on the wider community. In April 2012 they 'suicide-bombed' the galactic trade hub. The group are an alliance of player corporations that generally grief others and push EVE Online to breaking point.
It's one thing to undertake that kind of griefing online but CCP Games is taking this real-life incident seriously.
"What's happened is absolutely disgusting. It's an insult to the entire community and is clearly the work a person who believes that behaviour in a virtual world is a valid reason to make a real life personal attack on someone, and deface public property," CCP Falcon.
"We will not tolerate this. CCP will investigate and take any action against game accounts, along with any legal action that we feel necessary. This is already in progress."
"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," they continued. "We are currently reviewing security footage from a number of surrounding buildings."
According to the studio the investigation is making progress already. "Thankfully we've already had a number of players come forward to assist us and provide information. Including, we believe, members of the person's own alliance."
"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."
CCP Games' Worlds Within a World monument defaced, pursuing legal action
06 May 2014 | By Simon Priest