The $12,000us EVE Online Scam

** Correction – Make that around $100,000us! **

An EVE Online player recently was outed as having scammed the community of 790 billion isk (isk stands for Inter-Stellar Kredits). This works out at nearly $12,000us (you can pay for a month of EVE Online, $15us, for 100m isk). The player set up a ‘bank’ where other players would invest cash to be used on highly expensive but highly profitable building and market speculation. Whether or not the player started with good intentions is currently debated, but the end result was that the player simply walked of with hundreds of peoples isk. This is entirely legal in EVE, which is one of the reasons I really like the game. You do have to consider your actions carefully, there’s no one in game to hold your hand! You can read more about this over at EVE Network News (on their forums, Rumor Mill section, login required) and their podcast has a 15 minute ‘confession’ from the player involved. Very fun and interesting listening!

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  1. Orkki

     /  August 31, 2006

    For your info it was 125.000$ not 12.000$!

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  2. Peter

     /  September 2, 2006

    Hmm, 100m game dollars buys you about a months’ worth of game time cards, so lets say that 100m isk is worth about $12 on average. Google tells me that 780 billion, divided by 100 million times 12 equals… $93,000. NOT BAD!

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