CCP Games has told Eurogamer that it will not interfere in an in-game campaign of destruction that is targeting the monetary system in its online space game EVE Online. Controversial former Council of Stellar Management boss Alexander "The Mittani" Gianturco (who CCP banned for encouraging the community to grief a suicidal player during a recent FanFest event) plans to lead a major attack the Jita trade hub. The Jita trade hub is the central place where all major transactions in the game take place.
The campaign of destruction is being called the "Burn Jita" action, and groundwork for the assault has been being laid for months. The assault was scheduled to begin tomorrow – the day The Mittani's 30 day Eve Online ban ends. But reports from within the game are indicating that the assault has already begun. Eurogamer reports that "some 14,000 Thrasher ships preparing all out war on the region."
While some players are expressing their concerns about the assault and that the game ruined by The Mittani's Goonswarm alliance, CCP Games says that it will not interfere.
"I tell you what, it's going to be f***ing brilliant," Jon Lander, senior producer of Eve Online, told Eurogamer this morning. "Absolutely brilliant."
Lead game designer Kristoffer Touborg tells Eurogamer that player-driven events such as Burn Jita are what make Eve Online different from other games.
"We want people to be able to do this. If Goonswarm want to do it, we want them to do it and we want them to have a great time doing it," Lander added. "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."
Touborg adds that this event may even be beneficial to the monetary system in the game in the long run.
"The people they're going to hurt now are people who have quite a lot of security," he said. "There's not a lot of turnaround on ships and goods in Empire. I think it might be healthy if we lose a lot of this industrial power, if they have to go back and save up for their ships again and be a part of the cycle of life everyone else is a part of."