'EVE Online' epic game battle ends after 21 hours

Jan 29, 2014 by Derrik J. Lang
This undated publicity file image provided by CCP Games shows a screenshot from the game "EVE Online." An unpaid bill in the online role-playing game "EVE Online" has led to a virtual space battle involving thousands of players with costly losses in real-world money. The siege on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, marks the bloodiest battle in the game's 10-year history. (AP Photo/CCP Games, File)

The most expensive battle in the 10-year history of the online sci-fi video game "EVE Online" is over after 21 hours of virtual warfare.

"EVE" developer CCP Games says the CFC and Russian forces won the encounter that ended up causing about 11 trillion dollars' worth of damage in "EVE" currency, which equals about $300,000 to $330,000 in real-world money.

"EVE" simulates a universe of more than 7,500 stars. It features more than 500,000 players piloting starships and engaging in a virtual economy linked to real-world money.

CCP Games says the skirmish erupted after a coalition member missed a bill payment that would've ensured security.

During the encounter, 75 Titan vessels were destroyed. The megaships take months for gamers to build and are worth about $3,000 each.

This image provided by CCP Games shows a scene from the video game, "EVE Online." An unpaid bill in the online role-playing game "EVE Online" has led to a virtual space battle involving thousands of players with costly losses in real-world money. The siege on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, marks the bloodiest battle in the game's 10-year history. (AP Photo/CCP Games)


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Dunbar
not rated yet Jan 30, 2014
Life is too short...
antialias_physorg
not rated yet Jan 30, 2014
11 trillion dollars' worth of damage in "EVE" currency

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the skirmish erupted after a coalition member missed a bill payment


I wonder how high the bill was that kicked it all off. Cost-benefit analysis...should be interesting for virtual insurance companies.