Now, players get banned from games for being cheating a-holes more often then they've had flaming hot Doritos, but the reason Rubal's ban is such a scandal is that, aside from being a disgraced space pilot and galactic CEO, he's also a real-life U.S. politician. Rubal is the gamer handle of Brian Schoeneman, a longtime union lobbyist who's also run for office before. And while people typically play video games to escape from their shitty jobs, Schoeneman not only ran for pretendsies office in his spare time, but did so using his real-life political clout and savvy. He created an election website and a campaign ad, and even pulled out slogans like "I Will Fix It!" and "Let's Make New Eden Fun Again."
Of course, nobody's accusing Schoeneman of blurring the lines between space opera and American politics, but if you can't even keep your hand out of the space till, how can anyone trust you in your real job, where crooked politics can get you much more than in-game credits? And that's the depressing part of the story, as Schoeneman's quick dismissal makes EVE Online, a game about space bureaucracy, a better and cleaner democracy than most real countries. Brisc's colleagues saw abuse of power, reported it, an investigation was launched, and the corrupt politician was permanently banned from space politics in the time it takes a real world government to lightly consider anti-corruption legislation.