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Massive Space Station Theft in EVE Online Causes Corporate Chaos and Player Bans

One of the executives of a large military corporation in EVE has stolen resources including a space station that could amount to the largest theft in the history of EVE Online.

'The Judge' decided to break off ties with his former employer Circle of Two, aka CO2, and handed over much of its resources to their enemies the Goons, shifting the in-game balance of power significantly.

Keepstar Citadel Falls To Goons

In the latest development in an extended feud, The Judge shifted control of one of the most formidable and expensive, structures in the game to Circle of Two's long-standing adversaries, the Goons. It seems the Goons offered The Judge a significant bounty payable in ISK (the in-game currency) in return for switching sides.

When The Judge finally agreed to their requests and turned on CO2, the Goons celebrated their conquest by spelling out "LOL" in big letters with warp shield bubbles in the backdrop behind the space station. EVE historian Andrew Groen described the whole operation as "one of the most significant works of espionage" in game history.

Largest Theft in EVE History

The Judge has now joined the Goonswarm, taking with him all the corporate resources he had control over. Estimates vary as to the cost and value of the stolen items, but the Citadel alone is valued around a quarter-trillion ISK, making tis event a top contender for largest-ever EVE theft.

The Judge also took with him money, ships, and other resources. As it turns out, he controlled more than half of the ISK that CO2 owned. The Judge explained his decision in a Redditt post.

Circle of Two claimed to still have "plenty" of money in their corporate coffers, but whatever that amount is now, it is less than half what it used to be. That has to deal a serious blow to their operations and their pride. CO2 exec 'gigX' (pronounced gigz) reportedly woke up while the events were unfolding. He did not handle the news well.

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