Mere days after CCP Games unveiled an imposing stone monument to the legions of players who've navigated virtual deep space in EVE Online, the structure was defaced. Now, CCP claims to have found the perpetrators.

Though those responsible remain anonymous, CCP community manager "Falcon" has revealed that three people have been permanently banned from EVE Online. A fourth person also reportedly involved in the vandalism received a six-month ban. All of these people are now blacklisted from future EVE events, most notably CCP's annual EVE Fanfest.

Falcon also notes that many in the EVE Online community have called for far harsher treatment for the alleged vandals, but refuses to outline any punitive steps CCP might be taking outside of its cult-favorite space simulation. "[W]e 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," he wrote.
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This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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