EVE Online’s Alliance Tournament is taking a hiatus for 2019

    
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2019 is looking to be a year of big changes for EVE Online’s usual yearly events: On top of the Reykjavik Fanfest being replaced by an unorthodox World Tour, CCP has just announced that this year will be a year without an Alliance Tournament.

There are a few reasons behind the decision to put the Alliance Tournament on hiatus, according to the announcement. CCP says it wants to take a bit of a breather to “look at how [it] can better support competitive PvP and capsuleer tournaments in the future” and “reassess how [it] can support such endeavours on a bigger and better scale going forwards.”

The devs also say they “want to make sure [they’re] fully focused on improving quality of life in New Eden, working on balance concerns that have been highlighted by the community and delivering awesome new content.” And of course, the studio also has its hands full organizing and executing its ambitious World Tour, which will be getting underway next month with its first stop in Amsterdam.

But don’t worry too much — the announcement assures players that the Alliance Tournament (and Fanfest, for that matter) will return and that “there’s going to be ample opportunity for [players] to get involved in tournament style play at World Tour events,” where there will be “some sick prizes up for grabs for those who rise to be the victors.”

Source: Official Site. Thanks, Wilhelm!
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Tom Romdal

Battle Royale incoming…

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Akagi

Actually, I would be interested in a space Battle Royale game, I hate the genre from the bottom of my soul, but this will actually be interesting and I think CCP can pull it off if they wanted to make it.

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They should replace it with alliance mining tournaments. Or NPC ratting tournament. Would be much more relevant activity ;-)

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Armsman

Next up from CCP: “Council of Stellar Management disbanded…”

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Wilhelm Arcturus

If only…

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Wilhelm Arcturus

This is a pretty big sting for a very dedicated and hardcore slice of the community. Null sec wars slow down because key people drop out to work with their alliance tournament teams. As an overall percentage of the community the AT crowd is pretty small, but they tend to be people with a lot of influence or in groups that make things happen.

And the server they run the AT on is already there, while the whole thing has been run as a pretty ad hoc, weekend event over years, with players flying in to do commentary. So there is a lot of “WTF?” swirling around now.

The optimists think that this is because CCP has another project they are getting set to announce.

Oddly, the pessimists seem to fear that is the case as well.

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Alex Willis

UP NEXT: SERVER MERGERS

oh, wait

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Armsbend

Server splits?

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PanagiotisLial1

Actually its not a financial thing i am sure. Remember doing a world tour is more costy than having others visit them and just prepare the place

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Armsbend

Because you totally can’t do a tourney that runs itself and “look at how [it] can better support competitive PvP and capsuleer tournaments in the future.”

That would tough. Doing something that has been done one way for over a decade and thinking of a new way to do it that might take up 30 minutes of your time on the back of a cocktail napkin over drinks.

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PanagiotisLial1

Its their way to say “we dont want to assign any personnel at this time on it”

I am almost sure they got some new joint secret project with their owners(remember the company that runs BDO bought them)

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Armsbend

That’s why I mentioned over drinks. No need to put office hours into fun, easy to implement, nothing ideas.