Don't Trust EVE Online Players

That's not meant as a slight against the game's playerbase. You shouldn't trust anyone involved with handling large amounts of cash, whether they play massively-multiplayer online games or not.

A player by the name of "Bad Bobby" has shafted the space combat and trading game out of credits worth around USD$45,000 after pulling off what amounts to a robbery of a massive in-game investment fund.

He pulled it off by getting to the top of the fund legitimately, working for years as a trustworthy investor. Then, when he'd helped set up the massive fund of around 850,000,000,000 of EVE's in-game currency, he set in motion a plan to steal it all.

The fund was protected by a board of trustees, who controlling 50% of the vote could theoretically block any attempts by Bobby to make a run for the cash. But they hadn't counted on Bobby working silently in the background adding more dummy trustees, which he was actually controlling, and when he'd created enough so that he controlled over 50% of the board's vote, he kicked everyone else off, took the money and ran.

Sucks for those who invested in the company, but hey, it's just a game. And stories like this, which involve the planning and treachery of real crimes only without the real consequences, are what makes EVE such a fascinating community.

EVE Online player steals $US45,000 worth of ISK in massive investment scam [Massively, via Fidgit]


Comments

    Eve online is a wretched hive of scum and villainy. That's why i'm a carebear

      thats why im a goon

    I love these stories

      Same :D

    Sucks to be the people who got ripped off...

    But this is AWESOME!

    As an eve player(im a pirate) that is awsome

    That really is amazing. I could spend a whole day reading stories like this.
    What other games allow for this sort of thing?

    If people can be sued in real life for hacking and stealing virtual items... I wonder if its possible to sue over things like this, even if the developers intended for these things to happen?

      You'll find you don't own anything in Eve, like all online games; you "rent" access, but characters, items, gold, etc all remain property of the company. Additionally, the god rule(Banned, any time, any reason) pretty much removes anything a player can reasonably seek legal action for, I think.

    Is that what their latest trailer is all about?

    Awesome. I love Eve Online

    I remember once before reading about a guy who pulled off a massive steal like that once, using a local library's phone to convince the guy being swindled that it was legit. It was an amazing read.

      I know the story you're talking about, but I can't remember the name. It was indeed a great read, but sadly turned out to be fake.

    And today in SPACE NEWS.

    Wait...a bunch of guys made a deal with "bad bobby" and thought to themselves.

    "Yeah...he seems legit"

    Next they'll do deals with "anal rapist" he seems much safer to work with

    So I've never played the game, but what would he do with all that money now? Can he sell it in real life like WoW gold? Or would he just build an army of the most powerful, fully upgraded ships and dominate the entire game universe?

    Either way, that was awesome.

    Hahaha, I love these stories.

    Nazxul360: he'll just roll around in it, naked, rubbing it on his body.

    No single player in the EVE universe can "dominate" - even if he were to pilot the largest class of ship in the game (titan), he'd still be completely vulnerable.

    That's one of the good things about the game :D

    Time to buy that Estamels fitted State Issue Raven you always dreamed about, perhaps a 100mil+ Skillpoint pilot to fly it as well?

    Very nice scam, a long time invested to pull it off though, he's worked hard for that bounty and deserves every isk.

    Fly safe o7

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