This reminds me of when Sturmgrenadier was big into EVE years ago. They had a reputation for professional behavior, and being honorable. However, others saw them as arrogant and secretive, since you had to be over 18 to join and there was a $12 a year subscription.
SG was also in possession of a few space stations near some valuable territory.
A rival outfit had someone pose as a newer player and apply to SG. They were accepted, and given access to the station. At the time, all SG had access to all functions, because there were no levels of security beyond all-or-nothing.
After a few weeks, in the dead of night, this player shut down the station’s defence systems, let his outfit walk in, and take the station. They were vocal and smug about how clever they were. They said it was all meta and within the rules, and that espionage and deceit were just fine.
What they didn’t count on:
- SG-EVE may have had fewer than 100 players at the time, but SG plays multiple games and consists of several hundred people.
- SG is a very, very well oiled machine, and communication happens between game portals.
- The other players from other SG portals were severely pissed.
- One month trials.
Sturmgrenadier created a plan in which every player that didn’t already have an account would sign up for a free trial. Within a few weeks, following a leveling management plan, players on the trial accounts could obtain missile ships. Small, fast, hard hitting little fighter ships.
At the end of the month, days before the trials expired, an armada of these ships warped into the former Sturmgrenadier base and annihilated everything in the sector. Then rolled to the next station and did the same. Then another. Missiles and torpedoes everywhere.
The opposing outfit then had the gall to complain to the moderators of the game, saying that SG was cheating, exploiting the game and costing them thousands of dollars.
The mods ignored it, because, just as they had used meta to steal the station in the first place, SG was just doing the same thing. It was beautiful.