EVE Online Developers: We Will Not Interfere in ‘Burn Jita’ Action

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."

Source: Eurogamer

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    MechaCrash says:

    The thing about letting them run roughshod over Jita, though, is that letting them do it really is part of what the game stands for. One of the major selling points of Eve compared to other MMOs is that when they say your actions will have an impact on the world, they mean it. Unfortunately, if you give your players freedom to carve out their own empires in the middle of nowhere and run them however they see fit, it will also come with the ability to do things like…well, this.

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    Count_Zero says:

    Yeah, this is why I'll never play EVE – because a community that considers encouraging someone to commit suicide to be a good thing – or a MMO where the company running it allows people to destroy the game when someone objects to being taken to task for encouraging someone to commit suicide is one that I never, ever, want to be a part of.

    Now, that said, considering that EVE is CCP's main money-maker, I am somewhat concerned that if Goonswarm manages to finally destroy everyone's fun and ruin the game for everybody, and CCP goes under, that they'll take White Wolf and the World of Darkness table-top RPGs (along with Exalted) with them.

    Also, I do hope that someone manages to get a Sociological doctorate out of this, as an example of what really happens in a so-called "anarchy" – power groups form, and whichever power-group can project the most force runs rough-shod over all the other groups, whether they're engaging in the libertarian-socalist values that anarchy entails or not.

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    MechaTama31 says:

    I love reading about EVE Online.  I'll probably never play it, but it's always interesting to see what those crazy cats get up to in there.

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    Neeneko says:

    It would be more impressive if players were able to actually take out the station or wage actual war on empire rather then depending on the suicide gank mechanic.

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