Eve Online player gets fired, starts war to ‘exterminate’ his old boss
In 2014, an Eve Online player by the name of Vily was a fleet commander for one of the most powerful groups in the game. After helping to lead thousands of other players on successful campaigns across the virtual galaxy, he informed his in-game boss that he needed to step away for a real-world military deployment. When he returned just a few months later, Vily learned that he had effectively been laid off.
“When I came back,” Vily told Polygon during an interview last week, “they were like, ‘No, we don’t really need you anymore.’ So I said, ‘All right. If you’re going to ignore the contributions I’ve made over these four or five years, I’ll go do something else somewhere else. And I’ll enjoy tearing you down, if that’s the game you want to play.’”
Five years later, Vily is a fleet commander once more. This time he’s in charge of one of the most massive fleets in gaming history. Tens of thousands of player-owned accounts have rallied to his flag. The target of his virtual conquest? None other than his former employer, the notorious Alex “The Mittani” Gianturco.
Multiple sources inside and outside the conflict tell Polygon that the pieces are in place for an epic confrontation, one that could spell the end of Goonswarm — one of the most powerful factions in Eve Online.
Eve Online is a complex, massively multiplayer spacefaring game that first launched in 2003. Developed by Iceland-based CCP Games, it’s unusual for a number of reasons. Virtually everything in the game world — every bullet, every starship, and every industrial outpost — is created and owned by players. So when player-led factions go to war against each other, the destruction they cause has tangible consequences. Eve is also unique in that the entire world comes together on the same server (excluding some players in China). Eve regularly makes headlines for the size and scope of its battles.https://www.polygon.com/2020/9/15/21436851/ever-online-world-war-bee-2-interview-the-mittani-vily