“Supposedly, it was set up for auto-pay, just like any other bill in real life, but either that didn’t happen or the money wasn’t in the wallet, and then everything just escalated..."
EVE Online battles can be epic. Let's see how accidentally not paying the rent led to what is coming to be known as the largest battle in New Eden, and some would say gaming as a whole, to date.
There are as many ways to play EVE Online as there are players in New Eden. In this game with a learning curve that some folks call challenging
, or akin to 'being drowned in sea water and then resuscitated'
, circumstances recently coalesced that brought two coalitions into a battle of unprecedented magnitude. A group of players holding space as their own is one of those ways. But in a universe of constant turmoil, not paying the bills to keep a certain part of that space under your thumb can have consequences.
As this comprehensive writeup explains
, that's basically
what happened here. And the pilots did blot out the sun
with their ships
as two coalitions made a stand for B-R5RB. About 7,548 characters were involved
in a battle that was slowed down by CCP's engineered solution to extreme loads, known as Time Dilation or TiDi). It was also broadcast live by various parties
and, despite TiDi, became one of the most watched items on Twitch.tv while it was ongoing.
So while not the battle that brought the most people into a given system
, the batle for B-R5RB stands out due to the fact that more and larger ships were put on the line by the fleet commanders in charge. Various
numbers are being tossed about for how costly a battle this was, with the conversion of in-game ISK to real world currency being a sticking point for many, but the loss of 75 Titans, 13 Supercarriers, 370 Dreadnoughts, and 123 Carriers is unprecedented.
Implications are still being felt on the socio-political front as coalitions withdraw
. As expected, in the economic markets prices for the materials that will be used to recoup the losses of have surged.
Within a few days CCP responded to player urging that the system be renamed
or a memorial be built
for the fallen with Titanomachy
, a permanent tangible addition to the game with wrecks floating in space where each ship was destroyed. Players brought their own content to the table with videos with TiDi removed
, and even a new song/recording
from Sindel Pellion, best known for her take on EVE's Dumbest Ways To Die
and as leader of newbie-centric EVE charity The Angel Project
As is to be expected, various gaming media sites like PCGamer have written articles
on the battle. But, perhaps having something to do with 'EVE being fun to read about', mainstream media in the US
, New Zealand
have picked up on the story as well (you might even hear about it on NPR sometime soon
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