Players of MMORPG Eve Online might have thought they had witnessed the greatest battle the game had ever seen following 2014’s battle at B-R5RB – a 20-hour firefight, during which 10,000 people vied for victory – which saw The Imperium rise to the prominence it still holds today, but trouble is brewing yet again in New Eden, and when tensions inevitably boil over, the ensuing battle is sure to make the Battle of B-R5RB look like handbags at dawn.
Resentment has been building ever since The Mittani – a prominent member of The Imperium – tried (and failed) to Kickstart a book on the Battle of B-R5RB, which triggered a number of aggressions within the community, and is predicted to end in the most bloody battle ever staged in Eve Online.
Eve Online subreddit user TheRealMartini has written a handy primer on the preamble to war:
- “CCP [Eve Online’s developer] introduced a new system for capturing sovereignty – The new system now allows guerilla-like tactics to be used. Meaning sovereignty is no longer decided by who brings the biggest ships.”
- “The Mittani’s failed Kickstarter – The Mittani (leader of The Imperium) attempted to get a book published about The Fountain War. This was met with a huge backlash from the rest of the EVE community, esp, /r/Eve, who felt he was trying to monetize his alliance members. After this, Imperium members were encouraged not to use /r/Eve, thus closing themselves off.”
- “High Profile Imperium members defect – Not liking the direction the Imperium was taking a number of former high profile FC’s and spies leave the Imperium and join rival alliances.”
- “The ‘I want isk’ financial backing for war – The Final piece. The website ‘i want isk’ (think Iron bank) begins paying alliances to go to war with the Imperium after coalition member SMA fails to pay a bill and accuses IWI of illegal activity.”
Anti-Imperium rebel group the Moneybadgers has already launched its first successful offensive against The Imperium, but the current dominant force in New Eden is expected to respond in kind. This means war. Get the popcorn.