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!

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