EVE Online, the popular space MMO that has its own religions and governments, has just broken two Guinness World Records.
The two records, largest multiplayer video game PvP battle (8,825 players) and most concurrent participants in a multiplayer video game PvP battle (6,557 participants), have both been recognised by Guinness following a 14-hour long clash between two EVE Online coalitions as part of “Fury at FWST-8”.
And the previous record holders? EVE Online’s “Bloodbath of B-R5RB” from 2014 and “Siege of 9-4RP2” from 2018.
Them’s Some Big Numbers
Oh yes. CCP Games, the developer of EVE Online, have detailed that 8,825 players participated in Fury at FWST-8 with 11,258 characters from 114 different alliances fighting for 14 straight hours with concurrent players reaching as high as 6,557 participants, smashing both previous records.
Hilmar V. Pétursson, CCP Games’ CEO, praised the community for the landmarks: “CCP may have created EVE Online, but it’s our community who built the universe of New Eden. Their ingenuity created the impressive logistics networks, both in-game and in the real-world, to field such a high volume of ships in one battle. Our players deserve all the credit that made these record-breaking achievements possible. Their support and dedication are what makes EVE Online the game that it is today.”
Craig Glenday, Editor-in-Chief for Guinness World Records, also hailed the game’s impassioned fanbase: “The limitless potential of EVE Online provides once again an epic, record-smashing battle that’s a test of both human and technological prowess. No game has the kind of passionate, invested, and empowered community that EVE Online enjoys, which is why it’s still, nearly 20 years on, reigning supreme as the ultimate MMO space game. Congratulations to all those involved – even those off licking their wounds will agree it was a battle to be remembered for a very long time.”
So What Was This About, Then?
Right, well, I am not an expert in the political workings and conflicts of the many, many communities within EVE Online, but I can try my best.
Basically, there is a war going on right now in EVE Online that’s been dubbed “World War Bee 2” with “Fury at FWST-8” being just one of the battles that at least 130,000 players have taken part in so far.
“Fury at FWST-8” began, and I am just going to directly quote the press release on this, as part of “PAPI coalition’s attempt to establish a beachhead Keepstar citadel in the region known as Delve, which would have enabled PAPI to strike deeper into the Imperium coalition’s territory with their forces of supercapital-class spaceships.”
6,746 ships and the Keepstar structure were destroyed over the course of the engagement with losses of 1.443 trillion ISK, which works out at around $9,148 USD.
War never changes. Unless it’s in space. Space tends to make it a bit of a wildcard.
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