EVE Online cheater accidentally exposes himself in a hilarious way

    
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We can probably all agree that cheating in an MMO is just not OK, but it can often be difficult for developers to positively identify cheaters and rule-breakers. It certainly helps when the player accidentally exposes his or her cheating ways in an irrefutable manner, which is exactly what happened to one EVE Online player yesterday. At exactly 12:05 in star systems all across the game, multiple characters all said the exact same thing in chat: “YEah they use asic miners these days.”

The player seemed to be automatically controlling dozens of characters from one keyboard and had forgotten to switch his input broadcasting off before chatting. EVE Online players are allowed to have multiple accounts and play on them at the same time, but the rules forbid using any software that broadcasts input from one keyboard or mouse to multiple clients as it would give someone an incredible unfair advantage.

After the incident happened, players began collecting screenshots of characters in various chat channels uttering that same phrase at 12:05, identifying loads of the cheater’s characters. CCP’s rules on this are very strict, with a 30 day ban on all accounts for the first offence and a permanent ban if caught doing it again. It should now be trivial for CCP to look through the game’s chat logs at 12:05 for that phrase and take action against the player. Big thanks to the cheater for our regular dose of EVE Online schadenfreude.

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MilitiaMasterV

When you start off using programs that let you ‘get an edge’ on people in the game and aren’t just using the game’s mechanics they came with…you’re already ‘cheating’. Anything after that is basically just a rationalization used to explain it away…

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Bo_Hunt

Lol, Olmeca trying to say it was no big deal, that Mar5hy only uses it to log in, not to play. That GSF are the real cheaters. This is the hilarity we deal with on a daily basis from him. Can sit there and deny someone cheats when presented with proof, but cannot provide any proof for those he accuses.

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Olmeca Gold

Here are some more nuanced details this article omits:

There are legitimate ways to use the program (ISboxer) the guy is using to control many characters. Many multiboxers (users of multiple characters) use it in Eve, particularly to save monitor space or optimize CPU usage. Multiboxing is itself legal by CCP and even encouraged. Only input broadcasting (sending the same command to multiple game clients) is problematic due to the unfair advantages it brings over other players. But that rule too has exceptions. For example, creating multiple characters at the same time and modifying game settings by using input broadcasting is explicitly deemed to be OK by CCP. The illegal usage begins inside the game upon logging in, particularly during PvP interactions.

The guy is an afk camper. AFK camping means having a presence in multiple solar systems of Eve with multiple characters to later use this presence to kill ships of other players. It is legal by CCP. This guy has to log in with 100 characters every day after downtime. He was using the program to log in the game with 100 characters. Which is completely legal. And it saves him perhaps 10 minutes per day.

In the day of the incident, he left the broadcasting function ON before talking in chat. And sent the same message to multiple chat channels. This is illegal. But it is also a small and insignificant mistake. There are people using this program in ways which is way worse for Eve Online’s economy, such as to grind ISK (Eve money). Ironically, some of these people are in the alliance (Eve’s version of a large guild) whose members created the reddit post you are linking. In comparison, the way this guy is using the broadcasting function is completely harmless. He should probably still be temporarily banned for breaking the rules, but what happened completely doesn’t deserve a headline here.

Meanwhile, this alliance made the post and backed it up with all its propaganda power. It is the most crowded alliance in Eve. They made it a headline on reddit, because the guy is AFK camping and killing their ships. And they want to get the guy banned. They also often have connections in sites like Massively or Kotaku to convert their propaganda into news items. So the author of this article either fell for the propaganda by basing his article what’s being said in the reddit post (without trying to contact the guy), or by directly receiving a heads up from members of this alliance to write this article.

Either way, to the unrelated reader this should be a fascinating example of how prominent propaganda is in Eve Online, and how far out it reaches.

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Random MMO fan

It should now be trivial for CCP to look through the game’s chat logs at 12:05 for that phrase and take action against the player

Of course, but if that person is a paying customer in one way (paying for sub with credit card) or another (paying for sub by buying PLEX with isk), why would CCP do that? ;-)

Here’s a related Reddit thread. I like the most upvoted reply because most likely this is what will happen (based on the story of 8 Nyx botting accounts, some of whom still play):

Day 1 of Mar5hy not being banned from Eve

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Jo Watt

Having to cheat at Spreadsheets is sad enough.

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PurpleCopper

I’m just surprised someone can control multiple characters simultaneously from one keyboard. Imagine all that multitasking, and all from one keyboard.

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Mewmew

While I don’t know the details either way, maybe he doesn’t even know that he is cheating. There are lots of TOS details we don’t usually look that close at. It’s possible he just knew that multiple characters were allowed to be played and didn’t know more than that.

I of course don’t know, it could be a well known thing in the game and I have no clue because I don’t play it. I was just thinking how I also may not have known that little detail. If I heard multiple characters were allowed, I might have them chained up to a single keyboard without knowing that part wasn’t specifically allowed too.

Maybe you’re slapped in the face with that rule when playing and can’t miss it, again as someone who doesn’t play, I don’t really know :D (Broken record much?)

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Mr.McSleaz

“maybe he doesn’t even know that he is cheating.”

You’re Hilarious.

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NeoWolf

If it were accidental my thought would lead me to ask the question then why previously had he/she been making sure to keep input broadcasting off when speaking??? if you didn’t know you were cheating you would not have needed to worry about it..right? lol

It is safe to say without doubt this individual knew they were cheating.

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Bryan Correll

The downside is the phrase wasn’t interesting in itself. Well, maybe it was to EVE players, but I doubt it.

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Ernost

Well, maybe it was to EVE players, but I doubt it.

I don’t think it has anything to do with the game even. He’s talking about cryptocurrency mining I think, miners no longer use GPU’s and instead use ASIC Miners.

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Armsbend

*shrug*
I assume everyone cheats in Eve.

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Victor Barreiro Jr.

WHY WOULD SOMEONE LIE ABOUT PLAYING A GAME FAIR AND SQUARE ON THE INTERNET?!

*silent sadness*