Massive MMO battles

I’ve never played EVE Online, but I’ve always followed it with interest. Massive space battles, controlling your own space ship. It sounds right down my alley, but the steep learning curve always put me off. I always like reading blogs about it though.

I recently read about the infamous ‘Bloodbath of B-R5RB’. Catchy name right?

The bloodbath of B-R5RB was a enormous battle in EVE Online fought over 2 days in January 2014. This battle even has its own fully fledged Wikipedia page it was that significant – believed to be the largest online battle ever.

Here’s some of the stats from B-R5RB:

  • 21 hours of sustained conflict involving 7,548 player characters.
  • 74 Titan class ships destroyed. To give this some scale, Titans are the biggest class of ships in EVE Online. Conflicts before B-R5RB generally involved a handful of these juganoughts, and they almost always meant a win for whichever team had one on their side. 74 Titans lost is 1/3 of all Titans ever destroyed in the game – within 21 hours. To give you some scale on a Titan, they’re each 21 times bigger than Captain Picard’s USS Enterprise.
  • The equivalent of 11 trillion ISK (in game currency) of losses overall. That translates to roughly $300,000 real world money.

Ultimately, the attacking Russian coalition smashed the unprepared defending N3 clan. N3 retreated after a stoic stand, but ironically, nothing much changed in the long running war between the factions. The Russian coalition fractured and stalemate across the galaxy followed.

The game’s developer, CCP Games, even marked the battle with a permanent monument, a graveyard of Titan wrecks in the B-R5RB system.

Massive MMO battles are fascinating. That’s partly me talking as something of a ‘numbers’ guy, but also as a gamer as well. It’s an amazing thing that there can be such huge battles on online games.

I was lucky enough to be part of Planetside 2’s world record set on January 24th this year – 1,158 players simultaneously in an online First Person Shooter battle (the most ever). It was a really special experience as a gamer, and although I’ve never been that big a fan of Planetside 2, it remains a real highlight in my gaming life.

How amazing is it that modern MMOs can set such amazing records? Who knows where online gaming goes from here, but it promises to get bigger!

Digital Salad –


3 thoughts on “Massive MMO battles

  1. Wilhelm Arcturus November 28, 2015 / 2:11 am

    I was there for B-R5RB, though I only got in towards the end of the fight. While there were a lot of players involved over the 21 hours, the peak at any single time was 2,670 players. That actually makes it the second largest battle in EVE Online history when it comes to total concurrent players. The largest was the battle at 6VDT-H at the end of July 2013. The total concurrent player count topped 4K for that.

    • Digital Salad November 28, 2015 / 3:24 pm

      That’s awesome! It must’ve been an experience being a part of EVE history like that.

      I’d not come across 6VDT-H when I was researching this; thanks for letting me know. I find reading about things like this fascinating. No doubt there’s more to come as well!

      • Wilhelm Arcturus November 28, 2015 / 6:10 pm

        If you are interested, I did a post on the battle which includes links out to other sites covering it, including the official CCP report on the battle. It was all part of what is now know as The Fountain War. (All of my posts on that war are summed up here.)

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