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.”
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.