Someone Has Already Vandalized EVE Online’s Real-World Monument

That didn’t take long…

EVE Online’s real-world monument to players features the names of every player who was subscribed to EVE when a snapshot of the server was taken. It appears, however, that not all players are deserving in the eyes of other players. This fact was demonstrated when an EVE player tweeted the following.

pc 2 eve online     Someone Has Already Vandalized EVE Onlines Real World MonumentThe player whose name was scratched off is Xenuria, who seems to be a rather “controversial” character in EVE, according to a report on Kotaku.  The player has been accused of being a member of the hacking group lulzsec.

As it turns out, this is not the only mark players have made on the monument. A picture of the monument with a sticker of the infamous Goon bee applied to it made the rounds this weekend as well.

pc 2 eve online     Someone Has Already Vandalized EVE Onlines Real World Monument


  • Ixtyr

    I will never understand what drives someone to damage something like this. It’s a monument built by CCP for all of its EVE players. All of them. Whoever did this has accomplished absolutely nothing, besides damaging an otherwise beautiful monument, ruining part of it for everyone else who actually has half a brain and some semblance of self-control, and making the other players of EVE look bad for having this sort of thing put into the news.

    Honestly, I wish they had cameras around, so they could catch this person, detain them, and make them pay for the repairs. Seriously, grow up. There’s no justifiable reason for doing this.

    • DoctorOverlord

      EVE usually makes the news with stories about backstabbing and betrayals, getting noticed for what is generally considered the worst examples of human behavior (and less noticed for the cooperation and community that must be in the game). It’s not surprising the physical monument would attract the worst kind of attention as well. I’m not saying this kind of action in the real world is justified at all, just hardly surprising.

      • James Amril-Kesh

        EVE’s backstabbing and betrayals are by and large limited to the game (or if they extend out of the game, only in ways which affect the game and not people’s personal lives). It’s an exceedingly rare event for someone to cross the line and ruin someone’s day in real life. Natives and workers in Reykjavic have made it clear that Fanfest is a great boon to their city and its attendees are as respectful and well-behaved as they could ask for. Don’t judge the entire playerbase by the actions of one person.

  • Steven

    The defacing of the monument could be said to add to it, becoming part of it’s character and speaking about the very game itself, and those that play it. I’d say, let it be trashed, if that’s what the players want to do with it. This could of been put inside, protected, but it’s outside with public access. That aside, all the vandal did, was elevate the person whos named they marked off, making them more famous and maybe, making them feel more important and giving them extra attention. It’s all pretty childish at any rate. Kind of ashame, but also, what else would you expect from EVE players, really.

    • James Amril-Kesh

      I expect very good behavior from EVE players actually, because in the past (and this year was no exception, barring this incident) the locals and workers of Reykjavic who interact with the Fanfest attendees had nothing but good things to say. CCP made a post after Fanfest last year noting how this group which is notorious for its merciless, cunning, cutthroat behavior in the game was so polite, respectful, and friendly in this real-life event.

      This was an isolated incident by a single EVE player. It’s the kind of thing you’d expect from pretty much any large gathering of people.