A huge battle took place in CCP’s massively-multiplayer online space game Monday night, resulting in damages estimated at 11 trillion ISK (Interstellar Kredits, EVE’s in-game currency), according to a CCP representative. Because of the unique nature of EVE’s economy, however, those in-game losses carry a real-world value of up to $331,000. That figure could go even higher, as the developer says it’s still crunching numbers on the battle.
Now imagine all of that work being destroyed in minutes.
But in the last month, a new contender for the throne has made a big push – and a lot of entertainment companies have been casualties of this war.
Walking away from a free online game, after all, is a pretty easy thing to do. There’s no nagging voice in the back of your head doing the math and informing you of how much money you’ve invested in a game you’re no longer obsessed with. When it’s free, the stakes are low, though often so is the payoff.