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Gigantic Space Battle Breaks Out in EVE Online, Thanks to Unpaid Bill
Kotaku ^ | Jan. 27, 2014 | Owen Good

Posted on 01/30/2014 11:05:53 AM PST by 1rudeboy

Edited on 01/30/2014 11:07:20 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

One week after this monstrous galactic throwdown in EVE Online, the sci-fi MMO is the scene of another humongous space battle—and it's all because of a missed bill payment.

Because this is EVE, the intrigue leading up to one of these rumbles is often more entertaining than the fight itself—especially when it gets so large that time itself has to slow down to account for all the ships in the area of operation. According to an email EVE Online sent out today, more than eight Titans—these are the real bad mofos of the EVE fleet, capable of equipping a superlaserhave already been destroyed in the Battle of System B-R5RB. The belligerents are, once again, the N3 Coalition and the Cluster**** Coalition (CFC), with other alliances assisting both sides.

What touched off this battle? A missed bill payment, basically.

"Earlier today an alliance in the N3 coalition missed a bill payment for the system where Pandemic Legion is staging and storing their fleets," writes EVE. "This missed bill caused sovereignty to drop across the system leaving the station vulnerable to capture. Seizing the opportunity, the CFC (Goonswarm Federation, Razor Alliance, Black Legion and the Initiative) and Russian Coalition (Solar Fleet, Darkness of Despair and Against ALL Authorities) captured the station."

You might remember that CFC got its collective ass handed to it back on Jan. 18, when it decided to tangle with Pandemic Legion's "Wrecking Ball" fleet down yonder in System HED-GP. N3/Pandemic sent aforesaid Wrecking Ball into B-R5RB to retake the station, although at a smaller strength. CFC brought in "a large contingent of Dominixes, Dreadnaughts and Titans," and decided it was time to play the Feud!

Here is my favorite part of the email: "The fight is ongoing with both sides banking on their European, and soon North American, players returning from work to bolster their forces."

You can follow it all in this Twitch livestream but I warn you, those who say EVE is like playing a spreadsheet won't be proven wrong here. With time dilation in high gear, this is not so visually arresting—except for the hilarious news crawl. (Noting, as of press time, more than 2 trillion ISK in materiel loss).

It'll be left to the victors to write history and when they do, we hope they do it with style.


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A massive battle involving more than 2,200 players in main battle is underway in CCP's massively multiplayer online game Eve Online, easily the largest battle in the game's decade-long history, according to Alexander "The Mittani" Gianturco, the CEO of Goonswarm Federation.

An exact real-life currency figure of the in-game damage is not currently cemented, but unconfirmed estimates put the amount at more than $200,000. An automated battle report will be generated from server data once the battle concludes. The current battle stems from 'The Halloween War" which instigated multiple warfares between unofficial political alliances.

"But today's battle happened literally by accident: system control (sovereignty) was dropped in a key staging system due to a mistake," Gianturco told Polygon about the war underway in B-R5 sector in Immensea, a Nulli Secunda system. "This then escalated into the largest battle in Eve history, which delightfully our forces seem to be winning."

Last year, a fight erupted in the lowsec Asakai system after a ship piloted by a member of Goonswarm accidentally jumped into enemy space alone, which escalated as more ships joined the fray to attack and defend. According to Gianturco, the participants in the current fight were involved in last year's battle, which involved more than 2,800 players.

"This is a bigger battle in terms of the hardware and players involved though there's less raw numbers in a single system — this fight is over multiple systems," Gianturco explained. "The main fight is in B-R5, with approximately 2,200 players. The blocs are keeping the numbers intentionally low to make sure our guns don't lag out."

More than 50 Titans, capital class starships, have been destroyed in the 15-hour battle so far. Gianturco estimates that his side has lost 18 to 23 Titans, at the time of writing, and that the other side is down more than 40 Titans so far with "more to come." Notable Titan kills include The Kan's Erebus, which is valued at 222b ISK, or approximately $5,500.

"As vengeance for Asakai goes, it's somewhat ironic; our forces lost three Titans and seven supercarriers last year in Asakai, and lost the battle," he said. "This year we've killed 40+ hostile Titans and we have seven more hours of killing before downtime."

Beginning at 14:30 GMT, there is less than seven hours left of fighting to go. Gianturco explains that their forces — made up of his coalition, the CFC, along with a group called Black Legion and another coalition called the "Russian Bloc" — have already won the battle and all that remains is mopping up work.

"We've already won the fight, what remains is just killing work when someone breaks and tries to run from the field it becomes a rout," he said. "They've lost the ability to kill any more of our Titans and we're still killing theirs, as their force quality has degraded. So this is mop-up as they try to extract."

To check out the battle in action, users dobbbnick fuzzeh and sdeel are streaming the Eve Online fight on Twitch.tv.

Eve Online wages largest war in its 10 year history, Polygon, January 28, 2014.


1 posted on 01/30/2014 11:05:53 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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2 posted on 01/30/2014 11:11:16 AM PST by Theoria (End Socialism : No more GOP and Dem candidates)
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Go Goons! Win one for Sean Smith!


3 posted on 01/30/2014 11:11:57 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Theoria

RIP Sean Smith, aka "Vile Rat," Senior Diplomat, Goonswarm Federation.

4 posted on 01/30/2014 11:18:13 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

I used to play Galactic Empire back in the BBS days. So I kinda get it. This is on a different level. Perhaps young Ender is training right now.


5 posted on 01/30/2014 11:21:54 AM PST by Theoria (End Socialism : No more GOP and Dem candidates)
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To: 1rudeboy

A massive battle involving more than 2,200 players...


Hahaha! I thought I was reading a real news story from my home planet until I realized this was just a game you guys play on earth.

My bad...

My family is safe.


6 posted on 01/30/2014 11:22:35 AM PST by cuban leaf
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To: cuban leaf; KC_Lion

As long as they leave Tamriel out of it, they can all kill each other off. I have burdens and Lydia isn’t done carrying them.


7 posted on 01/30/2014 11:25:37 AM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: 1rudeboy

8 posted on 01/30/2014 11:25:45 AM PST by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: cuban leaf

Where’s your home planet? A representative of my corporation presently be by to talk about your protection. LOL


9 posted on 01/30/2014 11:27:15 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: RightGeek
oooh . . . wrong game, friend

In this one, you destroy ships and take people's stuff. It's not for the faint of heart (or orcs, for that matter).

10 posted on 01/30/2014 11:30:44 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

We must be in the future.


11 posted on 01/30/2014 11:32:19 AM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: 1rudeboy
I'm away from FR for about 6 months and my first day back I click on this story....
WHAT....IS....GOING....ON!!!!!
12 posted on 01/30/2014 11:34:01 AM PST by bigjoesaddle (The point ALWAYS forgotten is... If THEY surrender, we stop fighting, if WE surrender, they kill us!)
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To: bigjoesaddle

Welcome back! Battles raging everywhere, including an internet spaceship game.


13 posted on 01/30/2014 11:38:25 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

LOL, I freaking love it!


14 posted on 01/30/2014 11:49:18 AM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: 1rudeboy

I use to play “EVE”,after 11 years of EVE it came down to “War Thunder” “EVE” or “Guildwars II” I choose “War Thunder”! After being shot down you respawn with a new plane and into the heat of the battle.


15 posted on 01/30/2014 11:50:18 AM PST by Baseballguy (pharaphase (If someone does not believe in heaven or hell - they should not care where they go))
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To: 1rudeboy

I didn’t know that about Sean Smith.


16 posted on 01/30/2014 11:51:47 AM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Goons weren’t involved in this, AFAIK. This was all eastern EVE space, I thought?


17 posted on 01/30/2014 12:00:58 PM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: 1rudeboy
I heard the Obama Administration is sending in Secretary of State John Kerry to resolve the dispute.

You know he's a Vietnam war hero.

18 posted on 01/30/2014 12:01:24 PM PST by McGruff (I'm a conservative. Not necessarily a republican.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Ah, crap. I wasn’t reading the CFC part. Not sure what I read. The Mittani had it reported different from Kotaku.


19 posted on 01/30/2014 12:02:08 PM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: andyk
The Amazing Life of Sean Smith, the Masterful Eve Gamer Slain in Libya.
20 posted on 01/30/2014 12:03:17 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

For the uninitiated:

A tenant owed back rent (for a station). The owner came to collect. The tenant decided they wanted to try to change the lock on the apartment (a space-based sovereignty unit), and the owner decided to come in and try to forcibly change the lock themselves.

The owner brought his buddies, the tenant brought his, a war broke out.


21 posted on 01/30/2014 12:04:16 PM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Baseballguy
My current poison is World of Tanks. I like that there is no respawn because it makes for more realistic tactics. No one randomly pops back up the instant you kill them. I sent a couple years on and off EVE but was mostly a highsec miner carebear.
22 posted on 01/30/2014 12:17:27 PM PST by TalonDJ
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To: Theoria

My thoughts exactly, except with tape holding the glasses together.


23 posted on 01/30/2014 12:29:56 PM PST by PLMerite
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To: 1rudeboy

I miss good old Quake1 capture the flag. 8 red guys vs 8 blue guys,a grappling hook that you could also use to hook into an opponent, rocket launchers, nail guns, knocking guys into lava, low ping bastards, those were the good old days.


24 posted on 01/30/2014 12:37:15 PM PST by isom35
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To: isom35

Jedi Outcast. Force-choke someone. Force-push them off into the lava. Much fun.

EVE is a whole ‘nuther aphorism though...


25 posted on 01/30/2014 12:42:34 PM PST by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: TalonDJ
Yah, as much as I'd like, I can't go to nullsec. I just want to come home from work, relax, and have a coupla beers.

I just can't bring myself to be looking over my shoulder every 5 seconds.

26 posted on 01/30/2014 12:43:14 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: TalonDJ
+1 for WoT.


27 posted on 01/30/2014 1:36:45 PM PST by gura (If Allah is so great, why does he need fat sexually confused fanboys to do his dirty work? -iowahawk)
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To: Theoria

I remember one I used to play back in the BBS days.. think it was called Trade wars, or something like that.. ANSII maps and all ;)


28 posted on 01/30/2014 3:34:27 PM PST by Bikkuri ( those would have been affected.)
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To: isom35; 1rudeboy; Dead Corpse

DooM, Redneck Rampage.. serial connection.. good to go ;-)


29 posted on 01/30/2014 3:39:05 PM PST by Bikkuri ( those would have been affected.)
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To: Norm Lenhart
Just Don't Treat Me Like Pack Brahmin? Okay?

(Piles even more stuff in Arcades inventory for complaining)


30 posted on 01/30/2014 5:32:19 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.- Sarah Palin)
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To: Bikkuri

http://www.tradewarsrising.com/ is the current generation of the game. Hated logging on and finding myself in a POD and going back to my sector finding all my Level 6 Transwarp planets gone. Loved playing Evil


31 posted on 01/30/2014 6:12:24 PM PST by Dstorm (Palin 2016)
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To: Dstorm

Wow! Bookmarked to check up on that one :)
Curious about the 2002 TM though, I was playing it back in the early-mid ‘90s (?!).. (only ansii though..), same game?


32 posted on 01/30/2014 10:01:58 PM PST by Bikkuri ( those would have been affected.)
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To: Bikkuri

Trade Wars was ported off BBS platforms to TWGS which runs on windows platforms. http://www.oregonsouth.com/ice9/ has games you can play. Just select Telnet and your transported back to the 1990’s


33 posted on 01/30/2014 10:34:04 PM PST by Dstorm (Palin 2016)
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To: gura; KC_Lion

(Speaks in best fake Aussie accent...)

“That’s not a tank...THIS is a TANK!”

http://i931.photobucket.com/albums/ad151/NormLenhart/Doesnotapprove.jpg


34 posted on 01/30/2014 11:22:41 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: Theoria

imagine a shi in a video game being worth $5500 real dollars. crazy


35 posted on 01/30/2014 11:34:17 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: GeronL

Yea it does seem nuts. But then, anything has a dollar value if people are willing to exchange money over it.
In a way, it it any different from a time share? Seems like a crazy statement until you think about it.


36 posted on 01/31/2014 12:05:57 AM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: TalonDJ

Well I played everything 0.0 wormhole Carebear manufacturer. My issue was that the fighting you did was not that exciting even in big battle. You knew right off how the battle was going to go and you did it anyway. It more was about espionage...


37 posted on 01/31/2014 8:37:12 AM PST by Baseballguy (pharaphase (If someone does not believe in heaven or hell - they should not care where they go))
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To: isom35

That is War Thunder!


38 posted on 01/31/2014 8:38:40 AM PST by Baseballguy (pharaphase (If someone does not believe in heaven or hell - they should not care where they go))
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To: Baseballguy
In two more months, I will be observing (not celebrating) my 10th year of Eve-nutterhood. Don't play much anymore, since I've literally done it all and got the bloodstained T-shirt to prove it. Nothing left to keep my interest now.
39 posted on 01/31/2014 10:51:44 PM PST by thescourged1
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