SOE’s President John Smedley isn’t just famous for his ability to headbutt through three feet of concrete, but also for his zero-tolerance stance on hackers.
His Twitter account reads like a hate-letter to people who would hack in his beloved PlanetSide 2, with comments like this one: “Haruhi at artificialaiming.com was just banned. All 3 of his accounts. Goodbye you scumbag. Find a new hobby or get good at the game.”
Asked if they could cross-reference hacker names with people in the forum, Smedley replied “we don’t need to cross reference anything. Use it.. we’ll find you. we’ll find your family. we’ll hunt you down.” A few hours later, he added: “Just to a make sure people know I was joking – we aren’t hunting down hacker’s families. Someone thought I was being too aggressive.”
“I happen to personally think people that cheat in an online game where it impacts others are scumbags,” he finished. “Your opinion may vary.”