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Griefing has been around since early computer based gaming has been around. The intention of the griefer is to cause annoyance, loss, or unpleasantness for the victim. In extreme cases griefing causes people to quit playing a game as their ability to enjoy the game is curtailed. In such instances its counter productive for the games company to allow such activity in its game. It loses subscriptions, which causes loss of revenue. Griefing also causes damage to the reputation of the company and the game that company runs.
Not so for EvE Online. CCP Games actively support and encourage player griefing against its 'carebear' and 'newbie' population. When Goonswarm held its Burn Jita event, an event designed to bypass the usual 24 hours of notice in high sec wars, by taking an armada of ships into high sec's Jita trade system and suicide killing any and every player they could, CCP not only did nothing, they actively encouraged it.
When Goonswarms leader stood up and belittled, humiliated, shared private correspondence and encouraged a player to commit suicide at CCP's fanfest, both the audience and developers who were presence laughed along with him. Was he permbanned, no.
Recently a coalition (NC Dot) invited a person whom they knew was recovering from cancer to join their coalition. They invited him to put all this stuff into a carrier and provided him with a cynosaural jump point into their null sec space. They then proceeded to blow everything he had up and pod him. A guy with cancer? This is the sort of depravity that should never exist in any game. What did CCP do? Nothing.
In the last few weeks the Erotica1fiasco, in which a player and his wife were victimised, harassed and had a disability mocked caused CCP to reevaluate its stance on griefing. Their response. Well it was actually nothing and meant nothing. They reserved the right to decide when someone has crossed the line between "normal" griefing and "naughty" griefing. Erotica1 was banned however only after 6 weeks and huge community outcry, including a 300 page threadnaught, that might have caused CCP to get some bad press.
And of course Erotica1 is back with a new alt, running the exact same scam with the same bonus rooms that led to the outcry.
Do the developers simply turn a blind eye to this conduct or are they complicit in it? A recent event led by the developers themselves involved inviting a large number of "carebears" from highsec into null sec (the main area set aside for PvP) and into the welcoming arms of a waiting gate camp (basically EvE's main form of PvP - Spawncamping). Mistake? Highly unlikely. It seems more than likely that they leaked the location of this event to the alliance in question with the express purpose of feeding their players to the waiting alliance.
That the developers and certain players in the game are linked by more than a customer / developer relationship was demonstrated when the developers staged an event in the home system of one of the most powerful alliances in the game. The leader of whom is an ex-CCP developer themselves. On this occasion the developers dropped 800 billion isk worth of items exclusively to this player entity.
Which brings me to my own experience with griefing and developer apathy. In early February I decided to help a group of players set up a non-kill on sight area in Stain null sec. At this same time a player or players created 3 alt accounts, sent those alts out to Stain where they proceeded to follow me from system to system, verbally abusing me in local for hours at a time. I was called a pedophile and accused of watching child pornography as well as being subjected to constant foul language. This went on non-stop for 4 months.
I managed to get the player or players in question to admit they were specifically targeting me for harassment and petitioned them. Even though I supplied the GM's with screenshots in which the player states they are specifically targeting me for harassment no action was taken against those players. Given the characters in question were using cloaks which prevents any retaliation I was not able to take any in game action against them.
I then went to the forums and posted about this issue. The forum post I created was trolled incessantly, I was insulted, abused, belittled and villified for over 23 pages and then my thread locked by mods for 'breaching a rule of discussing GM actions' while the people who had spent hours of their time harassing and mocking my situation received no punishment at all.
I unsubscribed my accounts and posted a message to CCP in the Out of Pod Experience subforum regarding the lack of moderation and the lack of support dealing with my harassment and that thread was also subjected to trolling, spam, and anti-social posts which breached almost every rule of the forums. Yet no action was taken against those players.
So if you're an aweful person, you like to cause other players to feel bad, you like to cause pain to people who have cancer, you enjoy trolling, you enjoy making fun of people with disabilities, you like being led into a traps by developers, you're okay with developer favoritism, you enjoy flying around in space with corporations that have names like "Creampie Carpet Munchers" and your a general asshat then EvE online is likely for you.
For normal people, I'd suggest a different game.