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Daybreak Has Always Been Owned by Eastasia

In a bit of a futile effort somebody at Daybreak Game Company is attempting to either edit history or cover up a serious mistake.

That eye is, and always has been, Jason Epstein’s

As we know, back in 2015 Sony Online Entertainment was purchased by an investment group called Columbus Nova.  We know this because that is exactly what SOE told us, both in press releases as well in messages to the community.  Both John Smedley and Jason Epstein specifically mention Columbus Nova and having SOE join their portfolio.

People dug into just who the hell Columbus Nova was, finding out that it was owned by Renova, which in turn was owned by Russian Viktor Vekselberg.

This comes into play, as reported over at Massively OP, because of sanctions being imposed on certain key Russians, Viktor included.

So the question came up as to what happens to Daybreak.  Since Daybreak is setup as an LLC, probably nothing in the short term, no matter who owns it.  If the government seizes it they will likely resell it.

Daybreak seems to have gone paranoid on the question though.  When asked for a statement by Massively, Daybreak said:

Daybreak Game Company has no affiliation with Columbus Nova. Jason Epstein, former member of Columbus Nova, is and has always been the primary owner and executive chairman of Daybreak Game Company (formerly Sony Online Entertainment) which he acquired from Sony in February 2015.

When prodded about the fact that this flew in the face of everything we knew up until now, Daybreak followed up again stating that everything that they said about Columbus Nova in the past was wrong and that Jason Epstein himself bought SOE and has owned it himself ever since.

Meanwhile, somebody at Daybreak has been trying to clean up, fixing their Wikipedia article to correct an error with a very specific notation, “Removing inaccuracies. The company has no affiliation to Columbus Nova. Jason Epstein is and has always been the primary owner and executive of Daybreak Game Company.”  This started on April 6, 2018, more than three years after the acquisition.

So, somehow for the last three years nobody at Daybreak bothered to correct this mistaken belief that they had been acquired by Columbus Nova, even when opportunities arose, like when Russel Shanks left and Ji Ham of Columbus Nova took over the reigns as president of the company.  Then, suddenly, when sanctions might be an issue the company suddenly remembers that Columbus Nova was never even part of the deal, as though a company and the person they claimed purchased it would make such an error of material fact and neither notice nor correct it for more than three years?

Sounds like horse shit to me,

Anyway, I thought I ought to put a pin on the date that Daybreak inadvertently started drawing attention to itself by coming up with an odd retroactive tale about its acquisition.

Meanwhile Massively OP continues to update the story as new facts hove into view.

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The Russian Complication – That Escalated Quickly

Yesterday I wrote about Legion of xXDeathXx and their to declaration of war against the Drone Walkers, a group that developed under its wing. (EN24 has a post about this now as well.)  I was curious to see how that would work out, whether Legion could keep the conflict between just itself and its progeny or if the whole thing would get mixed into the wider war in the North.

I still don’t know if this conflict will link up with the main war, but the Drone Walkers and their allies were quick to turn their focus on their erstwhile benefactor, going directly after the Legion’s rental space that resides under the Shadow of xXDeathXx banner.

The xXDeathXx empire as it stands

The xXDeathXx empire as it stands

Basically, “Entosis all the things!” seems to be the quote of the day.

A peek this morning showed lots of activity in the Oasa region, where Shadow was losing most of the Fozzie Sov tug of war events:

Ugly in Oasa for xXDeathXx

Ugly in Oasa for xXDeathXx

Likewise, the Cobalt Edge region looked to be aflame as well, with events going against the defenders:

Cobalt Edge on fire

Cobalt Edge on fire

The Perrigen Falls region was likewise heavily hit, but being closer to the Legion core, the events seem to be going more the way of the defender:

Perrigen Falls events

Perrigen Falls events

Systems in Etherium Reach and The Kalevala Expanse have also been hit, but not to the same degree, while the Legion’s home in Geminate appears to have remained untouched, perhaps indicating that the Moneybadgers haven’t turned their gaze in the Legion’s direction.

These are, of course, early results.  The Drone Walkers and their allies were clearly mobilized and ready and the ferocity of their attack appears to have caught Legion and its renters by surprise.

There are a lot more Fozzie Sov entosis events queued up and it is possible that the Legion might rally against its foes.  But it looks like the Legion has its hands full even without the Moneybadgers getting involved in this part of the conflict.  Has the Legion made one of the classic blunders and gotten itself involved in a land war in Asia?

The Russian Complication

Goons have always maintained a good relationship with the Russians in New Eden, generally speaking, going all the way back to The Great War and being given a home by Red Alliance when their own sovereignty had been taken.

As such, Goons, then the CFC, and now The Imperium, tend to treat the Russians with greater care than other groups.  We sometimes join them, as happened during the Halloween War, and  we generally do not join coalitions against them or get mixed up in their own Russian vs. Russian wars.

There have been exceptions.  There was a battle between Red Alliance and other Russians at C-J6MT, a system name you should know if you’ve grabbed a copy of Empires of EVE, where Goons flew down to join the battle for the sake of historical obligations.

We’ve also been at war with Against All Authorities (-A-) on at least one occasion while I have been around.  That was one of the wars in Delve (2012 version which ended up with it in TEST’s hands) where -A- was part of the coalition against us.  If I recall right, they were pushed out of their space in Catch at the end of that, though with the resilience that the Russians tend to show over the long run, they returned and reconquered some of it later. (Map source)

That green spot on the map is still there

That green spot on the map keeps coming back

There is more to the whole Russian thing, as the relationship is multifaceted and resists being summed up into a nice little package, but I think my general statements apply even if you can find points in history that bend or break the overall arc.  You can add details in the comments if you like, as this is outside my area of expertise.

So it was that, when the fighting in the north broke out into a general war against The Imperium, some Russians declared for us.  Specifically, some members of the loose coalition called Stainwagon Mk. II (there is a site that tracks these coalitions, because there is no in-game organization beyond alliances) said they would join the fight.  And some of them have sent forces up to camp gates and harass our foes, for which we are grateful.  Every little bit helps.

But another group of Russians, those in the Drone Region Federation (again, the coalition site), made no such general statement.  Some elements of it have been seen in the north on either side of the conflict.  For example, looking at kill boards, I see Triumvirate (not Russians, but part of the DRF) shooting The Imperium at some points, and shooting TEST or MOA or CO2 at others.  It seems that they mostly shoot us, but they aren’t as discerning in their targets as you might imagine.  Still, no general involvement by the DRF as a whole.

Then yesterday Legion of xXDeathXx announced that they were going to break with the Drone Walkers, a newly formed alliance that, if I follow the thread correctly, came out of Alternate Allegiance and inPanic which were formed under the auspices of Legion of xXDeathXx.

However, the Drone Walkers took it upon themselves to join in the war against The Imperium, coming up out of Cobalt Edge to attack Tenal, as noted over at The Nosy Gamer, rolling up all the space The Initiative held along with most of Razor’s space in the process.

Tenal and Branch - April 10, 2016

Tenal and Branch – April 10, 2016

This was probably a bit awkward for UAxDeath.  Legion of xXDeathXx (which I am going to shorten to Legion) has been pretty tight with the us for a while, and was a de facto member of the CFC at one point before loosening ties with us.  But there have been good neighbor agreements between the two parties for a long time.  Those agreements were part of CO2’s gripes against The Imperium as CO2 went off to attack Legion assets despite those agreements.

So Legion has no love for some of our foes and historical reasons to support us.  But Legion is also in an awkward spot, being a fellow sov holding alliance and watching us get shredded by a coalition of largely non-sov holding entities.  I can see not wanting to open a new front in the general war in the north, which would put their own holdings at risk.

So, instead, Legion has declared war against just the Drone Walkers.  The hope is doubtless to keep that conflict contained to just the north, take some pressure off of The Imperium, yet not invite the whole Moneybadger Coalition to turn on them.  The Drone Walkers are a family squabble in that scenario, not a widening of the war.

No doubt, from the Legion’s perspective, the war carrying on longer keeps the rest of New Eden occupied attacking The Imperium and not thinking about what other large sovereignty holding coalition might need breaking up.  So giving us a hand in this regard may help with that.

However, will the Moneybadger Coalition see it that way?  The responses on Reddit to the news have included random people calling for an expansion of the war.  But they are not the Pandemic Legion or Northern Coalition leadership, the senior members of the MBC.  They may have no interest in expanding the war right now.  But the MBC is a loose association.  Just because PL and NCDot don’t want to move in that direction doesn’t mean nobody will.

So the question seems to be will this remain a side conflict and whether or not it will provide much in the way of relief for The Imperium.

Addendum: And speaking of Russians, who are the newly formed Pure Blind Cartel?