I few years back I mocked Daybreak for hyping up an event to their community simply to be recognized by Guinness. It was a staged publicity stunt.
Not that that is so bad. Lots of people do that. What made my eyes roll was Daybreak claiming how “truly massive” their game was when they could get 1,158 people on the same server.
This happened at a time when EVE Online had already had 4,070 players in the same system and same battle at 6VDT-H. A battle which CCP didn’t have to stage and hype to the community themselves. The players just make that sort of thing happen now and again. Having just 1,158 people in a battle wouldn’t get much attention now or back then, not unless a pile of titans were lost.
But CCP has never sought that sort of official recognition for the scale of their game.
At the EVE Fanfest Keynote CCP Falcon announced that instead Guinness had sought out CCP to find out about the size of the recent “million dollar battle” that had more than 6,000 players clashing in a single event.
And so today Guinness posted on their site about a new record set by that battle:
Fans of space-based video game EVE Online have helped set a new record after achieving the Guinness World Records title for the Most concurrent players simultaneously involved in a single multiplayer PvP videogame battle.
A total of 6,142 players took part in an enormous battle – the Siege of 9-4 – in January 2018 with the certificate being presented to the game’s creators at EVE’s Fanfest event in Iceland on Saturday (14 April).
They also put a note up on Twitter.
It is nice to see EVE Online getting some recognition for what it does well… bringing people together in space to blow each other up.
Now CCP needs to work on their server tech so we can beat the 6,142 high water mark set by the battle. Also, I am happy we finally have an official number. CCP was being somewhat vague about the count up until this point.