There is a war raging as we speak, an online war with real consequences. EVE Online, for those who don’t know, is a MMORPG set in space and focused on resource mining, trading, and of course battles between fleets of ships. A rather large war has been going on for two days between two of the major factions in the game. Big deal right? It’s just an online game, how could this possibly be interesting?
EVE has a currency system called ISK. ISK can be used to buy an item called PLEX, which can be used to pay your $20 a month subscription. This is what most people do to keep their subscription. You notice in the headline that I said $250,000 lost? I wasn’t kidding, that’s real money we’re talking here. There has been many accounts of the war and losses via the gaming subreddit. Twitch user dobbb also live streamed part of the war.
When I say that $250,000 has been lost in this war where almost 2000 ships are involved, that figure is the value of those lost subscriptions and the monetary value of the ships destroyed. Trillions of ISK lost, and the biggest war in EVE Online’s ten year history. See that picture above? Every red and Orange square is a player owned ship. You can find a larger version of the image here.
To put it into perspective; Titans, the biggest and arguably most powerful ship you can own in EVE (see the big ships in the photo above that aren’t covered by an orange or red square? Yeah they are huge!), cost an estimated 70 to 100 billion ISK to produce, and an estimated $7600 to buy outright. Over 70 have been destroyed in the war, some have reported over 100. There’s a lot of conflicting information because all of these figures are estimates and the overall size of the war makes it difficult to actually put a conclusive number to it. All you need to know is that this is a huge event and people are losing a tonne of both real and virtual money, almost as much virtual currency as the entire U.S military budget. Almost.
So if you wanted to try out EVE Online (you fool!) perhaps you should wait until this cataclysmic economy collapsing event is over. When will it be over? Nobody has any idea. But if you want to try your hand at EVE, I recommend /r/Bravenewbies as they are a fantastic resource to get started.
Last Updated: January 29, 2014