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Forget Iceland, EVE Online's fanfest is going on tour this year

by: Randy -
More On: EVE Online

EVE Online's annual EVE Fanfest is operating very differently this year. Fans won't be flying out for a long weekend to "Party at the Top of the World" in Reykjavic, Iceland. Instead, the fanfest is now the EVE Invasion World Tour and is spread across multiple continents over an eight-month period. It's nuts.

This invasion kicks off in Amsterdam ("EVEsterdam," of course) this weekend, March 23-24. But then it heads to EVE Russia in St. Petersburg in May, followed by EVE Down Under in Sydney, Australia. The world tour continues in Canada, Germany, the U.S., and the U.K. The U.S. one will be held in the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. Not my usual, but nice.

I sincerely hope they have good turnouts at each location. One of the locations is actually called Fanfest HOME, where CCP will hold a home-sized version of the fanfest in a player's living room, where everyone else will be able to watch and participate via CCP's Twitch channel on August 23. What the actual heck, CCP.

This isn't just a hobbit rock concert and subsequent pub crawl, though, since these fanfests will of course reveal gameplay tweaks and changes to the 16-year-old MMO, tie into big in-game events, hold tournaments, and throw parties.

EVE Online is out now, and has been out since 2003, heh. They've got a free-to-start version, and you can bump up to a premium monthly subscription if this space MMO gets its hooks into you. I downloaded the free version again just this week. Please don't gank me in nullsec.

CCP Games Warps to EVEsterdam To Kick Off Its EVE Invasion World Tour

The first of eight EVE Online community events in 2019 comes to Amsterdam this weekend, March 23-24

March 20, 2019 - Reykjavík, Iceland – CCP Games, the creators of the in-depth and uniquely player-driven spaceship MMO game EVE Online, today announced more details on EVEsterdam, the upcoming kick-off event to the EVE Invasion World Tour, a global series of capsuleer conventions for EVE Online fans. The tour will feature announcements, developer roundtables, live streams, the Invasion Tournament Series, unique in-game rewards and stellar parties for fans, bringing EVE Online closer to its community than ever before.

It's not too late for capsuleers who are keen to attend EVEsterdam to purchase tickets, or they can participate from home via the livestream on CCP's official Twitch channel. The full EVEsterdam presentation schedule can be found in CCP's EVEsterdam Megablog.

CCP Games will showcase a wide variety of community-requested changes to EVE Online at EVEsterdam, including game balance updates, commitment to regular quality-of-life improvements and a look into future plans for the technology powering EVE Online. Attendees will discover more about the behaviors, wars, elite players, friendships and incredible stories that break the boundaries between the EVE Universe and reality.

"The EVE Invasion World Tour will both celebrate EVE Online's magnificent history and salute the game's glorious future," said Bergur Finnbogason, a.k.a. CCP Burger, EVE Online's Creative Director. "Kicking off with EVEsterdam, attendees will see first-hand how we're strengthening the core of EVE Online, as well as how we use our community's feedback to improve overall game balance. We will be also revealing our commitment to future technological advancements that will help us ensure EVE is forever. Over the course of the World Tour, we will ultimately present our vision for the next decade of EVE Online."

Future events on the 2019 EVE Invasion World Tour include:

  • EVE Russia (St. Petersburg, Russian Federation), May 4 @ Akakao. Tickets on sale now!
  • EVE Down Under (Sydney, Australia), May 23-26 @ SMC Centre. Tickets on sale now!
  • EVE North (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) June 21-23 @ Delta Marriott. Tickets on sale now!
  • Fanfest HOME (Player's home, Finland), August 23 @ Kimitoön. Participate via livestream; details to be announced.
  • G-fleet Berlin (Berlin, Germany), September 13-14 @ AltMünze. Tickets on sale March 24.
  • EVE Vegas (Las Vegas, USA), October 25-27 @ venue to be announced. Tickets on sale April 2.
  • EVE London (London, UK), November 23 @ Indigo at the 02 Arena. Tickets on sale August 23.

For more information please visit EVE Updates or follow the hashtag #EVEsterdam on social media. EVE Online can be downloaded for free by visiting www.eveonline.com.