EVE Online Declares Player's Attempt To Destroy Game's Economy 'Absolutely Brilliant'

In most MMOs, if a player spearheaded a public, concerted crusade to destroy the game's economy, the game's producers would find a way to put a stop to it.

But EVE Online isn't quite like most other MMOs.

High-ranking EVE Online player The Mittani was temporarily banned from the game after an unpleasant incident where he and others relentlessly mocked a suicidal player. He immediately apologized for his words, but the damage was done.

The Mittani is now back, after a 30-day ban and at the forefront of a player-made event called "Burn Jita", designed essentially to attempt to topple the entire game's economy. And in EVE Online, the economy is the game.

Speaking with Eurogamer, Jon Lander, senior producer, declared, "I tell you what, it's going to be f**king brilliant, " adding that players pushing the ruleset of the game to its absolute limits is what makes it tick. "They're going to do exactly what you're able to do in the game, and people will have to roll with it. It'll be great."

Lead game designer Kristoffer Touborg agreed, explaining that player-driven events are the core of the game, and the designers are obligated — once any bugs or exploits are fixed — not to interfere. "The worst thing we could do is to stop it happening. It would be appalling for the game. It would be against everything we stand for." In the long run, he added, the inevitable shake-up would probably be actively healthy for the community.

CCP: players' attempt to destroy Eve Online economy is "f***ing brilliant" [Eurogamer]


Comments

    I'm loving how this sounds. Can we get some followup articles on this please Kotaku? When the devs support actions like this, it makes it intriguing.

    Just got back into this game, looks like interesting times ahead :)

    Not being an EVE player, I read this article and the link and still have no idea what exactly is being planned.

      The Goon Squad are the most unprodictibal corp in EVE. One time, they just moved there whole oparaiton north just becose they where bord with the south. The point is, you don't know what there planing, cos they do plan. They just do it, and no one sees it comeing.

        Except in this case where the goons have been loudly proclaiming that they're going to do this since the day Mittens got banned.

          I feel dumber for reading your post.

        Just like how your post wasn't planned and came out mildly retarded. :/

      The entire economy is maintained by players and I believe Jita is the trade center or some such. So I gather they are going to go in there, blow everything up and cost peeps lots of money.

    Yup, Huge Bloodfest happen Jita in eve the other night. Luckily i wasnt a target when it came to popping rookies ships.

    I wish I had more time for this game.

    Yeah, I was hoping for some kind of explanation. Presumably I'll just have to wait for an AU article about it.

      Basically Jita is a massive trade hub. In EVE you have to physically transport goods all around the place so people take them to Jita to sell. What Goonswarm is doing is sitting outside the station and as people try and enter or leave, they are nuking them. This destroys their ship, the goods, and they can even completely destroy a character if the person hasn't got any clones.

      Live feed from ingame here http://www.evenews24.com/2012/04/27/live-burn-jita-starts-earlier-than-expected-save-jita-already-on-going/

        So it's like a....trade blockade?

          Don't worry, I believe the Galactic Senate has dispatched two Jedi Knights to mediate the dispute.

    The live feed for the Burn EvE event is here.
    http://www.twitch.tv/daopa

      Burn Jita*

    Articles like this make me wish I played the game....but I feel that if I jumped in now I'd be way out of my depth

      +1 =(

      ive even tried to play before but had that feeling the whole time of the trial lol

        it's a pretty boring game unless you're heavily involved in corp activity... even then it got stale quick for me, i don't know how people play it for so long :/

    all we need are daleks, death star & a whole lots of star destroyers

    Considering some academics actually requested Blizzard supply them with data after that ZG bug caused a virtual plague, I'd wager that quite a lot of non-gamers would be interested in seeing how this pans out.

    Hell, I've never played EVE and this type of thing interests the hell out of me.

    This is almost a great simulation of what will occur in the real world to be honest. Its simulation gold! I never really got the game but if you are someone who trades in arms etc or what ever business must be good. Will be really interesting how the "society" adapts.

    The immediate impact has been a huge drop in market sales, prices will likely stay the same for a week or so while people try to wait it out. If Goon can keep up the operation or at least cut off mineral and ore transport then there should be knock on effect that drives up production costs. Most producers will likely use less popular systems and stations to sell their goods so the hit should not be all that significant. The real effect will be a fracturing of the markets as the trade hub decentralises and people become accustomed to the new normal. When the Burn Jita operation ends, the trade hub may return to Jita or it may end up some place else (although Jita has geographic significance)

    Jita is the major trade hub for Eve but there are alot of other trade hubs around. Business will shift to those if the Goons decide they want to do this for a while. When I played for a while I tended to stay away from Jita and do most of my trading in amarr anyway:)
    problem with Jita was it was a pirate gankfest... you had to be REAL casreful what you were moving in and out of the jumpgates or you would lose a LOT of Iskies :)

    am i the only one seeing the parallels here between this and the trade federation blockade in star wars? is eve trying to give birth to the sith uprising? if so, i am totally in favor for this and would like some popcorn!

    I'm sorry but when you get more info out of the comments than you do from the article itself you have to ask yourself was the article written as fully and informativley as it should have been.

    Please, let's see an article written on this which pulls in all the relevent info and presents it in an articulate and coherent manner, with updates with what is happening as the blocade progresses. THAT'S NEWS.
    This article.....? It aint news.

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