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Eve's new executive producer has a plan to attract new players with the help of old ones

The massively-multiplayer online game set in space, Eve Online, recently got a new executive producer, and she wants to empower the game's existing players so they can help bring new players to the game. Andie Nordgren joined Eve Online developer CCP in 2010 as a technical producer. In her new role as executive producer, a large part of the Eve business is now in her hands. Speaking to Polygon, she said her mission is to hand over more of the game's sci-fi universe to players, which will not only strengthen the existing community, but hopefully also grow it. "One very specific thing we're doing, which is kind of a behind-the-scenes thing for the normal player, is we're investing even further in our platform for third-party developers," Nordgren said. "Today we provide a number of...


Four MMOs make $100 million annually, with The Old Republic among them

In the world of MMOs, it's World of Warcraft in first place and everyone else a very distant second, or third, though an analysis by the research firm SuperData turns up some interesting details about a market where freemium models are becoming dominant. One is that Lineage — the original, launched 16 years ago — was in second place (based on worldwide revenue), one of four NCsoft MMOs placing in the top 10. Electronic Arts' ambitious Star Wars: The Old Republic, which switched to a free-to-play model 10 months after its 2011 launch, is hanging in with $165 million in annual revenue, good for fourth place. World of Warcraft — both its Western and Asian releases, is still king, with more than $1 billion in revenue, and 36 percent market share. SuperData says the decline in subscription...


CCP confirms layoffs of nearly 50 employees

A company-wide meeting is currently being held at the Icelandic office of Eve Online developer CCP as the studio readies for a round of layoffs just months after the cancelation of the massively multiplayer game World of Darkness, a studio representative confirmed to Polygon. As part of this restructuring, 49 employees will be laid off beginning today, we are told. CCP issued us the following statement, adding that severance packages will be offered to its employees who have been let go: "As part of our strategy to focus on the EVE Universe, today CCP conducted a restructuring that resulted in the layoff of 49 people in our publishing organization. Though it is hard to say goodbye to our friends and family, this action concludes the process we started several months ago. CCP has...


Eve Online history book earns $95K on Kickstarter

A History of the Great Empires of Eve Online, Andrew Groen's "narrative history book about the politics, warfare, betrayal and culture that shaped the first decade of Eve Online," ended its Kickstarter campaign May 25 with $95,729 — well in excess of its $12,500 goal.  The crowdfunding campaign's 3,116 backers enabled the author to add a hardcover deluxe version of the book, according to Groen's recent Kicksarter blog post. Must Read Eve: The most thrilling boring game in the universe "I want to sincerely thank each and every one of you for pledging to this project," he wrote. "This book will be a much better product thanks to your excitement, passion, and generosity.  "Remember: the hardcover deluxe version did not exist prior to this Kickstarter campaign. Your...


Eve Online permanently bans three players for defacing Iceland monument

CCP Games permanently banned three players for vandalizing the Reykjavik, Iceland, monument commemorating players of Eve Online, according to a post on the game's forums from community manager "CCP Falcon." The monument, which was unveiled a little over a week ago before festivities kicked off for Eve Fanfest 2014, was vandalized shortly after the expo ended. A sticker bearing the insignia of one of Eve's in-game factions, the Goonswarm, was placed on the monument's face and one player bragged about having scratched out the name of another player. In his post, CCP Falcon stated that Eve community members helped track down those responsible for the vandalism, including players complicit with the vandalism and members of the vandals' alliances. Falcon called the monument's defacing an...


CCP hints at master plan for the Eve Universe: Three games, one universe, one platform

There are also big changes coming to EVE Online, including a new model that introduces 10 new updates every year. The real story that came out of Fanfest was one that many people missed however, although understanding what’s going on helps makes sense of everything else. CCP is in the process, and those are definitely the very early stages of this plan, of creating the equivalent of for internet space ships. Trimming down Things were something of a mess even a few months ago. CCP was working on its breakout hit, Eve Online, it was developing a World of Darkness MMO for the PC that would introduce a whole new universe to CCP’s catalog of games, and it was supporting a PlayStation 3 free-to-play title. So what has changed in the past few weeks? CCP has slimmed down to...


Eve Online's Iceland monument has already been vandalized (update)

The monument erected in Iceland to commemorate players of CCP Games' Eve Online was vandalized less than a week from its official dedication, apparantly by a real-life group belonging in the in-game player alliance known as Goonswarm. Goonswarm — a faction known for griefing other players and making repeated attempts to break the game through events like planned suicide bombings and attacks on the Eve econmic hub — apparantly placed the insignia of their group, a bee in a helmet smoking a cigar called "Fatbee", on the face of the monument (photo above). According to a post on the Eve Online forums, the sticker is not of the peel-off variety and was placed there within hours of the Eve Fanfest conference wrapping up. Additionally, an Eve player going by the name Gaius Homerson on...


Why Eve Online's economist thinks bitcoin could be a scam

The value of PLEX, which is redeemed for one month of game time in Eve Online, is relatively stable. CCP has experimented with allowing players to purchase video cards with PLEX. At Fanfest this year players could even purchase things around the convention center by converting their PLEX into "ISK Coins," plastic chips with CCP's logo on them that worked like real currency at certain vendors around the show. In many ways PLEX has become a working currency, and CCP has tried some experiments using that currency outside of the game. The line between the game's economy and the "real" economy can sometimes grow blurry, and that's by design. I sat down with Dr. Gudmundsson to discuss the currency and to talk a bit about bitcoin, the much-hyped "crypto currency" that has seen such...


Burning Napalm, an Eve Online corporation, bought a beer for every Fanfest attendee

It’s hard to know what’s going to happen next during CCP’s Fanfest event in Iceland, the goings-on of the show can be just as unpredictable as the game. Battlestar Galactica star Katee Sackhoff made a joke about buying every attendee at the show a beer, before quickly taking it back. Warning: the video contains profanity. One person, on the other hand, took the offer very seriously. The CEO of Burning Napalm, a player-run corporation in Eve Online, contacted the CEO of CCP and made the offer to buy every attendee of the show a local beer. I spoke with David Reid, the CMO of CCP, who confirmed that the individual sent over his credit card information, and CCP CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson used it and the resources of the Harpa Convention Center to purchase a large amount of Gull, a...


CCP's MMA brawl pits 10 developers against one UFC fighter: Gunnar Nelson

I’m sitting across from two developers from CCP. One of them looks, on the whole, relatively "normal." The other appears to be Zangief from the Street Fighter series. We’re discussing the fact that 10 developers from CCP are going to fight Icelandic UFC fighter Gunnar Nelson. The rules are bonkers. They’re going to fight him one at a time. Ten men, in a row. I’m told that you’ll be forgiven for tapping out in an arm or leglock, but if Nelson were to get you in a chokehold, you’re honorbound to hang in there until you lose conscious. The idea is to wear him down, to make him tired. If all you can do is make him work for your loss of consciousness, than by god it’s your duty to make him spend that energy. This has been coming for a while. "You would be blind if you weren’t aware of...

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    • Released 05/06/2003
    • Publisher CCP
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    • Released 11/06/2007
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