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[Interview] EVE Online: Ten Years & Half a Million Subscribers

BillMurphyBillMurphy Managing EditorBerea, OHPosts: 2,356MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

CCP Games has just announced that EVE Online has surpassed the half-million subscriber mark, an astonishing thing for a ten year old game. We recently had the opportunity to talk with CEO Hilmar Pétursson and CMO David Reid about this exciting announcement and what lies ahead for EVE. Check it out before lending your voice to the conversation in the comments.

Today marks a seminal point in the MMO space with the announcement that EVE Online has surpassed the half-million subscriber mark. What makes this so astonishing in today’s generally declining subscription MMO market is the fact that EVE is marking its tenth year since release. Few games, including the-one-which-must-not-be-named, can make any such claim and yet here we are.

Read more of Suzie Ford's EVE Online: Ten Years & Half a Million Subscribers.

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  • FromHellFromHell NY, NYPosts: 1,311Member

    Niche games live longer and continue to grow in population. Congrats CCP!

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  • CaldrinCaldrin CwmbranPosts: 4,533Member Uncommon
    I really should get into this game.. have played a few times over the years but never spent that much time playing.. time to change that i think.
  • DihoruDihoru ConstantaPosts: 2,731Member
    Originally posted by Caldrin
    I really should get into this game.. have played a few times over the years but never spent that much time playing.. time to change that i think.

    If ya need help I'll be heading back to EVE in mid march ^^.

     

    "In addition, convention attendees will have a chance to take part in an epic in-game event that CCP is keeping under its hat for the time being." - I think this might be linked to either Incursions, Sleepers, Jovians, maybe all 3 especially considering the existence of the SoCT cruiser/battlecruiser on the test server currently.

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  • curacura WarsawPosts: 950Member Uncommon
    If only it has more interresting combat mechanics or meaningfull exploration... I see this game as a paradise for crafters, traders and politicians. Nothing for me
  • KrematoryKrematory TVNPosts: 542Member Uncommon
    Best MMO hands down. Congrats CCP!

    "EVE is likely the best MMORPG that you've never really understood or played" - Kyleran

  • Agent_JosephAgent_Joseph SarajevoPosts: 1,069Member Uncommon
    best & only real mmo on market ,congratz CCP !

    only EVE is real MMO...but I am impressive with TSW

  • KyleranKyleran Tampa, FLPosts: 19,966Member Uncommon

    Heck, if I hadn't cancelled recently due to work demands on my free time they would have had 5 million and 3 subs.

    Really great game and if/when I get some more free time to play I'll be returning for another go around.

    An amazing mark considering how few sub based MMO's can hold this mark for any length of time, and it's nice to see that CCP has found the perfect storm of features to appeal to solid "niche" of gamers.

    I always wonder if they had taken the money spent on Dust514 and sunk it into really developing the walking in station concept, perhaps even to extending it to some sort of ship boarding combat model if the title could have been doing even better.

    Oh well, I'm sure CCP isn't unhappy at this point and understandable why they are staying the course, when things are working well, you don't screw with them.

     

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    Still currently "subscribed" to EVE, and only EVE!!!
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  • Squeak69Squeak69 Colorado Springs, COPosts: 956Member

    i myself do not enjoy or like EVE but at the same time i agree its a good game and tehy deserve any credit they get alot of work gose into it.

    i just dont enjoy that style of gameplay

    F2P may be the way of the future, but ya know they dont make them like they used toimage
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  • IngvarIngvar TallinnPosts: 183Member Uncommon
    wow, grats to CCP. I'v tryed the game a few times but never got into it, but still I'm glad that they are doing well.
  • DihoruDihoru ConstantaPosts: 2,731Member
    Originally posted by Squeak69

    i myself do not enjoy or like EVE but at the same time i agree its a good game and tehy deserve any credit they get alot of work gose into it.

    i just dont enjoy that style of gameplay

     

    Do humanity a favour and have 50 kids, we could really use people who don't trash what they don't like :)

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  • itchmonitchmon west islip, NYPosts: 1,714Member Uncommon

    it might not ever have the numbers of WoW, but you can bet your arse Wow won't be seeing an INCREASE in subs on its 10th birthday!

     

    WTG to one of the best games ever for the PC in any genre.  From, admittedly, one of your biggest fans.

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    Currently Playing EVE, DFUW

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  • tarodintarodin canovellesPosts: 98Member Uncommon

    I saw the epic battle in the news and then i started play.

    It's a good game with a good community.

  • Squeak69Squeak69 Colorado Springs, COPosts: 956Member
    Originally posted by Dihoru
    Originally posted by Squeak69

    i myself do not enjoy or like EVE but at the same time i agree its a good game and tehy deserve any credit they get alot of work gose into it.

    i just dont enjoy that style of gameplay

     

    Do humanity a favour and have 50 kids, we could really use people who don't trash what they don't like :)

    oh gods no i hate kids and, population is to high as it is

    F2P may be the way of the future, but ya know they dont make them like they used toimage
    Proper Grammer & spelling are extra, corrections will be LOL at.

  • zymurgeistzymurgeist Pittsville, VAPosts: 5,211Member Uncommon
    At half a million I'm not sure it can be called a niche game any more. It's now a complete success and gaining momentum as  mainstream game.

    "Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause" ~Victor Hugo

  • DihoruDihoru ConstantaPosts: 2,731Member
    Originally posted by Squeak69
    Originally posted by Dihoru
    Originally posted by Squeak69

    i myself do not enjoy or like EVE but at the same time i agree its a good game and tehy deserve any credit they get alot of work gose into it.

    i just dont enjoy that style of gameplay

     

    Do humanity a favour and have 50 kids, we could really use people who don't trash what they don't like :)

    oh gods no i hate kids and, population is to high as it is

     

    Do it for humanity son, go out there and bunny it up ! XD

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  • uller30uller30 MILWAUKEE, WIPosts: 114Member
    I like the game even free leaving and coming back from 2004 for few months at a time. It's been fun and always cool to play. Congrats CCP
  • John_GrimmJohn_Grimm PeshteraPosts: 14Member
    Congrats CCP, you guys deserv it. :)

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  • clipwhiteclipwhite Old Bridge, NJPosts: 28Member
    I started playing the game earlier this month and I am really enjoying it.  Congrats to CCP, it shows how believing in something and diligently pursuing it pays off.  I will be visiting that display at the museum in March as well!
  • xenomxenom grazPosts: 101Member Uncommon
    best game, hands down and only game i am playing on and off for 8 years :P
  • korent1991korent1991 CakovecPosts: 1,390Member
    Originally posted by Dihoru
    Originally posted by Squeak69
    Originally posted by Dihoru
    Originally posted by Squeak69

    i myself do not enjoy or like EVE but at the same time i agree its a good game and tehy deserve any credit they get alot of work gose into it.

    i just dont enjoy that style of gameplay

     

    Do humanity a favour and have 50 kids, we could really use people who don't trash what they don't like :)

    oh gods no i hate kids and, population is to high as it is

     

    Do it for humanity son, go out there and bunny it up ! XD

    hahaha... :D yeah, he could.. +1

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  • rodingorodingo Posts: 2,346Member Uncommon
    Good for CCP.  I tried to like Eve countless times and tried liking it in countless several ways, but alas the game is just not for me.  To bad becuase the genre needs more options for space themed sci-fi MMOs.  Since our options of sci fi games are limited I can see how they have a steady rise in population.  Is it the only reason for the increase?  No, but I feel it's a good part of it.  If we had as many options for space themed games with a paid sub as we do with fantasy MMOs then I think this story would be a little different.

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  • orbitxoorbitxo fort lauderdale, FLPosts: 1,404Member Uncommon

    My first introduction to an mmo -  was an active player for 4.5 years.

    Iam glad it wasnt orcs, elves or knights on mounts. Now its a simpler life for me GW2 n TSW.

    congrats to them!-who knows, i may visit space once again.

     

  • sacredfoolsacredfool prague, TXPosts: 760Member Uncommon
    Isn't RuneScape even older and has even more subscribers?


    Originally posted by nethaniah

    Seriously Farmville? Yeah I think it's great. In a World where half our population is dying of hunger the more fortunate half is spending their time harvesting food that doesn't exist.


  • DihoruDihoru ConstantaPosts: 2,731Member
    Originally posted by sacredfool
    Isn't RuneScape even older and has even more subscribers?

    Isn't Runescape browser only, F2P and a themepark? Good comparison though, next we'll compare WoW (9mil) vs World of tanks (40 mil).

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  • AlomarAlomar Middle Earth, NJPosts: 445Member Uncommon
    Just played Eve for the past 3 months, my thrid time playing it. I love the game but when all you do is pvp in a large coalition you wait around for fleet pings more often than you actually fight. Not to mention the roams that take hours just to get no fights. I'll return in the summer when the carrier skills are changed up a bit, but one can only take so much of 75% waiting, 15% traveling, and 10% pvp.

    Dozens of MMO's, RTS's, FPS's, etc.

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