Over 1,000 EVE Online players are on their way to Iceland for EVE Fanfest, which takes place tomorrow and Saturday, May 6-7, in Reykjavík. The festival will include social events for players, presentations, and hangouts with the game’s developers. It’s been four years since the last fanfest was held.
“The city is starting to fill up with, well, some would call them nerds,” stated Eldar Ástþórsson somewhat cheekily in a RÚV interview earlier today. Eldar is the brand manager of CCP Games, the video game developer that created EVE Online, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) renowned for its scale and complexity. The game currently boasts over 1 million players per month.
Eldar says participants have come from all over the world. “[Fanfest] is a festival, conference, and national assembly, because these are players in the EVE universe, which is huge, that come here to have fun and meet others, but also to talk about economic, historical, and political issues in the EVE universe.”
EVE Online was first released in 2003, almost 20 years ago. “At CCP, we’re really proud that this game has lived for so long, and we’re also very proud of EVE Fanfest and the concept around it. We were one of the first companies to invite our customers, the people who play the game, to this sort of party. So we’re very proud of this festival and it’s always really fun to do,” Eldar stated.