EVE Online can get pretty intense. From battles that cost $US300,000 ($396,368) in damages to histories so complex that a book was written about them, the long running MMO can get very serious. Now, a personal disagreement has led to a hefty bounty. In a Reddit post, user holder2k has offered $US75,000 ($99,092) for the eviction of Hard Knocks Inc. from their home star system lovingly called Rage. The money will be paid through Paypal and will be split between the number of participants in the operation if it is successful.
Which is a big "if". Hard Knocks owns a devastating Keepstar citadel, a huge space station with a massive laser weapon that can turn entire fleets into scrap. Keepstars are valued at around $US15,000 ($19,818). Destroying Hard Knocks' holdings would do a lot of damage to their chequebooks, but it seems like a flat out suicide mission given their defences.
A comprehensive post at PC Gamer helps to outline the situation further. It notes that holder2k's efforts appear to violate the game's terms of service wherein players agree not to market services or goods directly for cash.
The source of the conflict seems to arise from a series of chat logs between a member of Hard Knocks named "NoobMan" and another player "HeWhoShallNotBe Named". The latter was banned from the Hard Knocks public channel and gave NoobMan his contact information so they could sort the matter out, later alleging that his phone number was distributed to other Hard Knocks members who then called to harass him.
"That number was a work number for a large global bank where I'm International Legal Council," HeWhoShallNotBe Named claimed. "The bank has now turned it over to the federal authorities to investigate."
Regardless of the veracity of this statement, the visible spat between players and threat of possible legal action has already led to much grief. Hard Knocks struck back against against HeWhoShallNotBe Named's corporation, swiftly evicting them from their star systems in retaliation for the bounty. All of this is complicated by the fact that no one knows for certain if holder2k and HeWhoShallNotBe Named are the same person.
Basically, it's a giant and expensive clusterfuck at this point. Or as they call it in EVE: "Tuesday."