CCP Games created and distributed Eve Online, a space-based, persistent universe massively multiplayer online role-playing game. Mining, piracy, manufacturing, trade, exploration, and fighting are just some of the in-game vocations and activities available to Eve Online players (PVE and PVP). The game has a total of 7,800 star systems that players can visit.
The game is known for its scope and complexity in player interactions — players compete in unscripted economic competition, warfare, and political scheming with other players in a single, shared game world. The Bloodbath of B-R5RB, a fight involving hundreds of players in a single star system that lasted 21 hours and was dubbed “one of the largest and most costly fights in gaming history,” lasted 21 hours and was dubbed “one of the biggest and most costly fights in gaming history.” Eve Online was featured in a movie at the Museum of Modern Art, which chronicled the game’s history and achievements.
In May 2003, Eve Online was released in North America and Europe. Simon & Schuster Interactive published it from May to December 2003, after which CCP obtained the rights and began self-publishing through a digital distribution system. Eve Online was announced to be sold via Steam on January 22, 2008. On March 10, 2009, Atari, Inc. published the game in packaged form in shops for the first time. Eve Online surpassed 500,000 subscribers in February 2013. Eve Online released a limited free-to-play version on November 11, 2016.