EVE Online teams up with the University of Iceland to offer an online course about digital friendship

Pretty little friendship machine


EVE Online is an MMO that has traditionally struggled to reconcile its massive player-led charity efforts and citizen science initiatives with extreme playerbase toxicity that studio CCP hasn’t always curbed. But CCP is apparently continuing its efforts to improve the game’s image: This time, it’s teaming up with a university to project a message of friendship. Or, at the very least, the spaceship sandbox is being used as the backdrop for an online course provided by the University of Iceland called Friendship Machine: Forming a New Type of Human Connection.

This course seeks to discuss EVE’s concept of “The Friendship Machine,” or to put it another way, the science behind how people forge meaningful relationships and how video games have created a new type of human connection. The online course will offer the first three weeks for free, while the full online course, including the final quiz and course certificate, will set you back $50.

If you’d rather get on with the business of… well, business, the monthly economic report is available for perusal, and fellow MMO blogger Wilhelm of The Ancient Gaming Noob has broken it down for you.

sources: press release, official site, The Ancient Gaming Noob

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Reginald Atkins

I wish them luck, but EVE is the poster child of what open world PVP always becomes, even more so when that’s pretty much the only thing the game has to offer… I’m not going to hold my breath here that much will change.


I used to play eve long ago and I am still in touch with some of the players I met in my early days of playing eve.

Shortly after that the marketing of eve switched to promoting heists, scams, mass suicide gankers and brought the scum of the MMO world into eve. A lot of good friends quit during that time and I wouldn’t even want to be friends with anyone CCP brought in with their focus on scum and villainy and drama for the sake of drama.

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I met some fun people in the starter/noob corporation I chose for my main EVE character. Genuinely pleasant, funny people that I enjoyed learning the game with. As these folks left our starter corporation to start their own corps. or joined established ones, or decided EVE wasn’t for them, we lost touch. It’d be interesting if the study reveals what makes friendships in games sustainable.


Haha man sounds nice and all but I would never freely want to be friends with any of the man baby´s in eve online. I mean why would I want to be friends with grown ass men who cues more drama than a group of 14 year old girls and with some sadistic tendencies, where they get enjoyment out of hurting others or just see other suffer in the game brings them joy. I mean what mental stable grown as man says he enjoys drinking your tears.

what eve players need is not a curse on friendship but more than nothing they need psychological help.