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CCP Games Signs Deal to Develop EVE Universe Television Series with  Baltasar Kormákur

Partnership Paves Way for Player-Submitted Stories to be Seen by Millions of Viewers

REYKJAVIK, ICELAND – April 27, 2013 – CCP Games, the world’s leading independent developer of massively multiplayer games, announced today that they have entered into a creative partnership with filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur and his production company to bring the EVE Universe to television screens worldwide. 

The new television series will take its inspiration from the millions of people who have left their mark on the EVE Universe via stories submitted to the website http://truestories.eveonline.com Kormákur's creative team, in collaboration with CCP, will create an original concept and storyline set in the EVE Universe, a future history of rival societies trapped beyond a wormhole in a dystopian sci-fi world.

Baltasar Kormákur has been making movies of all genres for more than a decade and his films consistently garner both critical and commercial success. He started 2012 by topping the US box office with Contraband, starring Mark Wahlberg. Contraband was based on his Icelandic film Reykjavik Rotterdam, which Kormákur starred in and produced. His latest Icelandic film, The Deep, was shortlisted for an academy award nomination in 2013 and won a record-breaking 11 Edda Awards, including Best Film and Best Director.

Currently Kormákur is in post-production of 2 Guns, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, which Universal Pictures will release August 2, 2013. He is also directing the pilot episode of the HBO thriller The Missionary, starring Benjamin Walker, produced by Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, and Charles Randolph. Randolph is also the creator of The Missionary.

“The EVE universe is full of astounding stories of epic battles, daring heists, and gripping political intrigue, all of which will make for an amazing television series,” said Baltasar Kormákur. “The opportunity to interact with the fans of the EVE Universe directly opens up all sorts of exciting possibilities.”

“The inhabitants of the notorious and beloved EVE Universe have ten years’ worth of dramatic stories to tell,” added Hilmar Veigar Pétursson, CEO of CCP.  “Our close collaboration with Baltasar and his creative team gives me confidence that we will capture EVE’s essence, inspiring millions of TV viewers with visions of humanity’s future.”

EVE Online (PC/Mac) is a captivating science-fiction game in which hundreds of thousands of players compete for riches, power, glory and adventure in a single universe. On June 4th, CCP will launch EVE Online: Odyssey, the 19th free expansion for EVE Online. The launch of Odyssey comes as CCP celebrates the game’s tenth consecutive year of player growth, having passed the 500,000 worldwide subscriber mark in March. More information aboutEVE Online can be found at www.eveonline.com.

CCP recently announced that DUST 514 will launch on May 14th. DUST 514 brings intense infantry combat, large-scale warfare and deep character advancement to the PlayStation®3 in an exclusive, free-to-play, massively multiplayer shooter. Set in, and integrated with, the massive universe of EVE Online, players wage war in this first-person shooter, where a single victory could prove the crushing blow to a galactic empire of thousands of online gamers. More information about DUST 514 can be found at www.dust514.com.

CCP Launches “True Stories from the First Decade” of the EVE Universe

Player stories take center stage in celebration of EVE Online’s tenth year

REYKJAVIK, ICELAND—April 3, 2013—CCP Games, the world’s leading independent massively multiplayer game developer, today launched True Stories from the First Decade (http://truestories.eveonline.com)an effort that aims to discover, gather and then feature the greatest player stories from EVE Online®’s famously rich sci-fi game universe by soliciting them directly from the players themselves. It is an integral part of a year-long tenth-anniversary celebration with peaks at the April 25-27 EVE Fanfest, EVE’s 10th anniversary celebration on May 6th and the EVE Online: Odyssey expansion on June 4th (www.eveonline.com/odyssey). 

The True Stories website accepts player anecdotes from all active EVE subscribers and relies on an open story debate and a participatory voting system to bring the most vivid and popular stories to the forefront. All submissions will be preserved as part of the history of EVE, and some will be used as inspiration for future transmedia projects such as books, comics, TV and film initiatives set within the EVE Universe and developed by CCP and its partners.

From the years of persistent history of spaceship warfare in EVE Online to the newly added mercenary battles of DUST 514®, the players of the EVE Universe are placed at the center of the “sandbox” game design and single game server, with human interaction driving conflict and cooperation. 

The games have few limits set on how players turn their imagination into action and have produced some of the most consistently interesting stories in gaming over the years, from massive investment betrayals to spontaneous thousand-person fleet battles and from  carefully orchestrated assassinations to month long wars ending with expert diplomatic maneuvers.

“Our players have entertained EVE’s followers for ten strong years, coming up with the most unique, inventive ideas and then acting them out amongst the stars,” said Torfi Frans Olafsson, Creative Director of the EVE Universe Intellectual Property Group. “They are the backbone of this game universe and we are proud to celebrate their stories both big and small.”

In true EVE fashion, players can tag characters, corporations, alliances and solar systems in order to add context and permanence to the events they describe, echoing the truths that reputation is of utmost importance in a shared society such as EVE and that each decision a player makes could have consequences ripple well into the future.

The inaugural drive for True Stories will be available for submissions until May 1st, when voting will open. Voting will last for two weeks. After that, the player with the highest-ranked story will receive a trip to Iceland for two, to visit CCP’s headquarters and experience Iceland first hand.

More information about True Stories from the First Decade and its rewards can be found in this dev blog: http://community.eveonline.com/news/dev-blogs/true-stories-of-the-first-decade/

More information about EVE Online (and a free trial) can be found at: www.eveonline.com

REYKJAVIK, ICELAND—Mar 27, 2013—CCP Games, the world’s leading independent massively multiplayer game developer, today announced live streaming options for its sold-out, annual fan celebration EVE Fanfest (April 25-27). Each year, thousands of EVE Online® and DUST 514® players from around the world travel to CCP’s headquarters in Reykjavik, Iceland for several days of celebration of the EVE Universe.

CCP will be live streaming EVE Fanfest in standard definition for free on their Twitch.TV channel (www.twitch.tv/ccp) and in HD for a one-time fee of €19.95 USD or one PLEX (which can be obtained on the EVE Online in-game market). Viewers will get the latest announcements from CCP, panels, presentations, PvP tournament coverage from both EVE and DUST and the famous Party at the Top of the World amongst other unannounced events. All programming is highly produced and includes commentary and interviews from developers and players in the true EVE community spirit.

The EVE Fanfest high definition stream includes:

·         Three full days of high definition programming live from Fanfest

·         Access to the HD stream of a series of live pre-Fanfest interviews with CCP developers. Schedule: http://www.twitch.tv/ccp

·         A digital copy of the Fanfest “Quafe” Tshirt for EVE Online, which matches the shirt attendees receive

·         A choice of one of five pirate faction rookie ships for EVE Online: the Angel Cartel Echo, Blood Raider Hematos, Dread Guristas Taipan, Sansha’s Nation Immolator or Serpentis Violator

·         Fifty copies of the Quafe Scout vk.0 dropsuit for DUST 514—a flashy and effective dropsuit for confident mercenaries

While the HD stream can be purchased through CCP or Twitch.TV, only viewers purchasing the stream through CCP’s EVE Online account management system at https://secure.eveonline.com/fanfest/stream.aspx will receive the in-game promo items.

 

This year CCP will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of EVE Online with a “Second Decade” theme, focusing on the wealth of stories and successes of the first ten years of EVE and its year-on-year subscriber growth.  CCP will also look forward to the next ten years of EVE and DUST with reveals, announcements, demonstrations and parties.

More about EVE Fanfest: http://fanfest.eveonline.com

More HD Stream Details: http://fanfest.eveonline.com/HDstream

EVE Online Surpasses 500,000 Subscribers Worldwide

Start of Game’s Second Decade Sees Most Explosive Subscriber Growth in its Rich History

REYKJAVIK, ICELAND – Feb 28, 2013 – CCP Games, the world’s leading independent massively multiplayer game studio, today announced their award-winning, sci-fi MMO EVE Online® had surpassed the 500,000 subscriber mark worldwide for the first time in the game’s history. The milestone continues ten consecutive years of subscriber growth and follows the December 4 release of EVE Online: Retribution, the game’s 18th free expansion and its most successful ever.

Also in December, EVE Online relaunched in China with new partner Tiancity to bring the same sandbox-style gameplay to a massive new audience where it has been thriving ever since.

In January, CCP’s DUST 514® a free-to-play massively multiplayer online first-person shooter, went into open beta and became available for free download exclusively to PlayStation®3 users worldwide. DUST 514 shares the same, real-time universe as EVE Online and player corporations can coordinate attacks between the two games.  This marked the first time two games from different genres have been linked together into one, massive online experience.

“Ten years after release, it is incredibly inspiring that, through a lot of hard work from our EVE Online team, we are crossing the half-million subscriber mark,” said Hilmar Veigar Pétursson, CEO of CCP. “For me, this is a true testament thatEVE can live on forever, as long as we do right by her. We have not come to this point alone; millions of players have helped push us to this milestone. I now know in my mind what I previously only believed in my heart: that EVE will outlive us all.”

CCP will commemorate EVE Online’s tenth anniversary throughout the year under a unified “Second Decade” theme. The year-long celebration will kick off in late April in Reykjavik, Iceland with the sold-out EVE Fanfest, EVE Online’s annual player festival which will be streamed live online.  EVE’s official tenth birthday follows on May 6th and will mark the official start of the second decade of the EVE Universe.

Throughout the year, CCP will be supporting player gatherings around the world and holding in-game events to further the storyline of the combined universe as it continues to grow.

·         For more information about EVE Online: Retribution, please visit: http://www.eveonline.com/retribution

·         Additional information about EVE Fanfest 2013 can be found here: http://fanfest.eveonline.com/en/default.aspx

·         For more on DUST 514, please visit: http://www.dust514.com/

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