Press for CCP Games

The online science fiction game universe EVE Online is moving into new space in its existing data center in London, where game operator CCP Games has deployed a 12-cabinet cluster of servers. The new deployment will house the Tranquility (TQ) cluster, which powers the EVE Universe of more than 330,000 players (except for Chinese users, who play on the separate Serenity cluster).

CCP has announced that its MMO EVE Online broke the previous record for the most players online at once on Sunday.

CCP's space-faring MMORPG EVE Online is known for what some may term mildly as "accessibility issues." But while many game developers are clamoring to attract a wide base of users through better accessibility, CCP is focused more on nurturing an existing hardcore fanbase.

The subscription MMORPG EVE Online rolled out a very virtual world-like new feature this week, a social network that exists both inside and outside the game world. The social network, called EVE Gate, will represent both players' avatar identities and their real-life selves. EVE Gate will also function as a Web front-end for conducting in-game business. EVE Online serves "only" about 350,000 regular subscribers, but has a high stickiness factor thanks to its immersive player-controlled virtual economy.