For those who might have missed it, there was a bit of trouble in the main hub of EVE Online‘s New Eden last weekend.
Jita — the central point for commerce within the internet space ship game — was the focal point of a mass suicide attack several months in the making.
The event, called Burn Jita, was a Goonswarm organized event involving thousands of ships built for the sole purpose of flying into the trade hub, firing off a shot and dying at the hand of Concord — EVE’s NPC space police.
What was the purpose of this event? Well, it shakes up the economy of the game a bit and forces industrialist players who were pretty comfortable with how things are going to recover from the event — and maybe rethink how safe they really are.
It’s also just a perfectly EVE thing to do.
For those who may be wondering where CCP stood on all this. They loved it. Their senior producer CCP Unifex even said it was “****ing brilliant”. CCP knew about the event in advance and used it as an opportunity to do some testing and work on their servers. CCP Explorer has a writeup on all the technical stuff over here.
I have to say, I love EVE for this stuff. The players are geniuses — if brutal.