The “death” of Burn Jita

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Stephanie Daugherty 2017-02-24

Gankers love spinning a good story just as much as they love blasting ships out of the sky, and this past week was full of interesting tales. On Friday, February 17, news broke on Reddit that famed multiboxing ganker Jason Kusion had absconded from CODE. with the contents of the corporation hangers.  Evepraisals produced by Globby and Jason himself estimated the theft at 500 billion ISK, including most of their stockpiled loot, ships and fittings.  The following day, another Reddit post surfaced, this time providing proof that Jason had, in his theft, also targeted MiniLuv’s Burn Jita stash, 17,000 coercers strong.  MiniLuv reported internally that Burn Jita would have to be delayed, but stayed relatively quiet.

As confusion grew, posts continued to swirl around Reddit: James 315 was retiring; the alliance would be sold; a buyer was found and will turn it into a Mining corporation; the buyer was apparently scammed for 80 billion ISK.  As fact and fiction swirled, numerous claims circulated about the validity of any of these stories.


This story took on a life of its own, spiraling out of control with so many ruses and rumors that it’s hard to keep track of them all but as best we can tell, here’s what actually happened:

Noted CODE. and Miniluv ganker Jayson Kusion found that he needed his own corp to ease the pain of logistics. Knowing that leaving TCE would likely get the rumor mill started anyway, he spoke with Globby, and they hatched a plan to “rob” CODE.

A few doctored screenshots of ill-gotten goods, and an evepraisal of some miniluv loot cans later, the story was making the rounds on Reddit, posted by none other than infamous ganker Globby himself. This proved highly convincing, as gankers are no strangers to robbery and scamming. Both CODE. and MiniLuv have been robbed in the past.

Seeing an opportunity, Miniluv FC Logical Fallacy, started seeding rumors that the Ministry was also affected by this, first on Reddit and then on Tweetfleet and Something Awful. The following Saturday, when Miniluv Director Boneytooth Thompkins ISK-Chip woke up to the flurry of PMs, he decided to fabricate some logs, stage some screenshots and leak a pretty convincing post to Reddit.

It just so happened that Jayson had been helping with the production of ships for Burn Jita, so one of those screenshots was quite easy to fabricate, Boneytooth traded Jason the modules for the ships, and Jason used the combined stacks of Coercers and modules to make a screenshot of all the Burn Jita supplies he “stole” in order to throw more fuel on the Reddit fire.

With the logs, the screenshots, leaks posted, and numerous posts on Facebook gaining traction, Burn Jita was effectively “delayed” on account of not having any ships to burn with, a rumor echoing back to 2015 when Burn Amarr was abruptly cancelled.  As all the scheme escalated, Boneytooth quietly added a message to the Burn Jita thread on the GSF forums, stating simply “Rumors of our theft have been exaggerated”.

Not to be outdone, amidst all this chaos, the announcement of CODE. and Minerbumping.com’s impending shutdown. was spread by multiple respected CODE. members.   Finally, yet another post that the alliance was “sold” to a buyer surfaced –  as of this writing we’re still not sure if that was a scam or yet another ruse.

INN reached out to Boneytooth, Jayson Kusion, and The Conference Elite’s CEO Mildron Klinker for comment prior to publication of this story:

“You know, it kind of took on a life of its own?  One day Globby and Jayson are talking about hard ruse-cruisin’ Reddit with another CODE. theft, the next day we’re stacking ruses on ruses on ruses with fabricated screenshots and logs.  The best was the Goons on SA believing it and Pooki Bear asking me if MiniLuv was okay or if we really got robbed.” -Boneytooth

“At this point, the line of what’s ruse and what’s real is very blurred.  I know what MiniLuv did, and I know what Jason did, but I’m not sure if CODE. really got sold, or if the guy really got scammed or if the guy wasn’t in on it in the first place.  You see, contrary to popular belief, CODE. is not Goons, and MiniLuv is not CODE.  But you know MiniLuv brings the motherfuckin’ ruckus.” -Boneytooth

“I never expected this would work out so great that even CODE. members started to believe we’ve lost alot of equipment and isk. People were willing to donate ISK, equipment and ships, just to keep CODE. alive. I can only say, support CODE. by buying shares and ofcourse a permit. Praise James 315! I wish all Miniluv and CODE. members a great weekend. AG will of course fail again daily!” – Mildron Klinker

And in what is becoming a fine Miniluv tradition, right on the heels of “cancellation”, Burn Jita 4 Kids begins today, running through downtime Monday morning.

Boneytooth Thompkins Isk-Chip and Jayson Kusion provided assistance in compiling and verifying this story.

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Comments

  • Moomin Amatin

    INN with the real story yet again!

    February 24, 2017 at 12:07 pm
  • Rhivre

    Thanks for writing this up, I know it has been a lot of work keeping track of all the trails.

    February 24, 2017 at 12:13 pm
  • HelicanV

    YES! I have been waiting for this for a year! Cannot wait to bring my new Bee to -10.

    February 24, 2017 at 12:34 pm
  • Bill McDonough

    So the 500B was just ‘a couple of loot cans’? Nice.

    February 24, 2017 at 1:12 pm
  • Rammel Kas

    Over 20bil destroyed already in the first few minutes.

    February 24, 2017 at 1:19 pm
  • TitusPhook

    Oh well played CODE. and MiniLuv. A fine disinformation campaign indeed.

    *anchors expanded tear collection array at a safe in Jita*

    February 24, 2017 at 1:35 pm
  • Stephanie Daugherty

    https://zkillboard.com/kill/60268808/ was the first victim of Burn Jita 2017 🙂

    February 24, 2017 at 1:58 pm
  • Erick Asmock

    *Golf Clap* Well Done Chaps.

    February 24, 2017 at 5:30 pm
  • PewPew

    Make sure to save all your best Burn Jita tears, the rest of us want to live vicariously.

    February 24, 2017 at 7:27 pm
    • Rhivre PewPew

      I might liveblog it tomorrow evening, so will see if I cant get some highlights

      February 24, 2017 at 7:35 pm
  • xzyzzy

    aw shit that’s me in the reddit post screenshot

    BJ4Kids is going on strong, antigank and crew has failed again.

    February 24, 2017 at 9:53 pm
  • Stephanie Daugherty

    And as of this point, 3 deaths of the Jita node.

    February 24, 2017 at 11:18 pm
  • phreakbee

    very interesting !

    February 25, 2017 at 3:19 am
  • Apostophe Noodle

    As usual…CODE always wins.

    February 25, 2017 at 3:22 am
  • Samantha Dax

    Gawd, this is funny. rofl – Thanks for the love!

    February 25, 2017 at 1:51 pm
  • Mikey Johnson

    Saw Code once in local this week, are they new?

    February 25, 2017 at 5:07 pm