With half a million active subscribers and nearly 10 years under its belt, EVE Online
has got some stories to tell. Not stories about the non-player characters and developer-written lore, but players' stories--stories seeded, grown, and harvested right in the sandbox. True stories of scams and heists, alliances and backstabbing, heroics and cowardice, all of it completely legitimate and 100 percent allowed on EVE
's politically brutal, Darwinistic stage.
Now, thanks to deft maneuvering by CCP, EVE Online
's developer, some of those stories will now inspire books, comics, TV series and films set in the EVE
CCP has been in talks with filmmaker Baltasar Kormakur and his creative team. Kormakur is a critically acclaimed actor and director straight out of Iceland, known for directing 2012's Contraband starring Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale. (No, I didn't see it either.) Kormakur is currently in post-production of 2 Guns, starring Denzel Washington and, again, Mark Wahlberg. But Kormakur is now pretty stoked about heading up a TV series for EVE Online
As we speak, EVE
players are submitting their true stories
(which are debatable) for consideration. Voting begins May 1 and ends May 15. The top five most up-voted story submissions are walking away with some nice prizes. The number one story nabs the writer a round trip ticket to Reykjavik, Iceland, including airfare and hotel accommodations, a visit to CCP headquarters to shake hands with senior developers, and a 10-year subscription to EVE. That last item is worth $1,800 alone. Oh, that, and the fact that their story may spawn an EVE
TV show episode. No big.