EVE Online battle was culmination of long-term political conflicts
An EVE Online battle over the weekend involved more than 2,000 players and led to an estimated $22,000 in losses. The fight in CCP‘s sandbox MMORPG was the result of months of political tensions between two of the game’s major coalitions.
For years, the two coalitions — Honey Badger Coalition (HBC) and Cluster F*** Coalition (CFC) — worked together for common goals. Their biggest accomplishment was establishing a cartel that controlled one of the game’s most vital resources. Most recently, the two coalitions worked together to take down another coalition.
But that takedown led to rising tensions between HBC and CFC, which climaxed in the EVE Online battle that took place Jan. 27.
A single person’s mistake was the catalyst for the massive EVE Online battle. The accidental Franz Ferdinand moment came about when a CFC player controlling a Titan ship unintentionally warped to a low-security moon. The exposure of a lone Titan ship set off alarms across the universe, and HBC and CFC met in battle to make the best out of the situation.
Players estimated the EVE Online battle cost CFC the in-game money equivalent of about $20,000, while HBC only lost approximately $2,000.
The full summary of the EVE Online battle and the events that led to it, with all the technical details, was posted on Reddit.
For me, EVE Online continues being a game I never intend to play, but reading about its intricate political conflicts is always interesting. This EVE Online battle in particular shows the drama and real-life costs behind the conflicts — a depth of emotional and financial investment I can’t imagine taking place in any other MMORPG.
What do you guys think? Would you throw real money at an EVE Online battle or a battle in any other MMORPG? Are there any games you like reading about despite never playing them? Make sure to comment below.