EVE Online dev-blogs

  • Monthly Security Report - September 2019

    4. October 2019 15:00


    If you’d like to discuss this devblog, head on over to the comments thread on the official forums.

    Greetings wonderful Capsuleers and welcome to the Monthly Security Report for September 2019, where we'll look over the month's activity against botting, RMT and account hacking.

    As always, let's look at the raw numbers for September 2019:

    • 732 account bans for account hacking.
    • 2822 account bans for botting related activities.
    • 1706 account bans for RMT related activities.

    These numbers represent account action taken between 2019/09/01 and 2019/09/30.

    Current Focus

    Our current focus lies with providing feedback to those members of the community who come forward to provide us with reports regarding those who they suspect are botting or using other forms of client automation, as well as hitting those who you guys are all reporting of course.

    We've seen some chatter among players relating to the first wave of feedback that we've been testing, which lets pilots know when a bot report has been actioned.

    We've been watching feedback relating to this and we'll be looking to make changes and evolve the feedback loop based on suggestions from pilots across New Eden.

    With the end of the blackout, we're also currently watching player behavior very carefully to see what changes occur and to see how those who are suspected of botting or who have been reported respond to the reintroduction of local.

    A Few Reminders!

    Of course when we're talking about input automation, we'd like to stress a reminder that if pilots are caught botting, even on just one account, they'll lose EVERYTHING.

    When we ban based on solid evidence that a player is botting, it is the human behind the computer that is removed from EVE Online. Reprimand for botting is handled in this way, not on an account basis.

    This means that any accounts that are associated with the pilot who was involved in botting will be banned.

    Please bear this in mind before you engage in what is one of the most illegal and economically destructive practices in New Eden.

    We'd also like to remind pilots of the definition of input broadcasting and of course the fact that it remains against the EULA.

    Input broadcasting is defined as using a single user input to issue the same command on multiple EVE Clients. This remains a breach of the EVE Online EULA and will be actioned to the full extent of our anti-botting and anti-cheating policies.

    We need to continue to stress that any form of exploitation, client automation, input automation or botting of any kind will result in an immediate and permanent suspension of all access to EVE Online.

    What Can You Do To Help

    As always, we'll keep reinforcing this message and stressing it every month - DON'T RMT, AND DON'T GET INVOLVED WITH BOTTING.

    The most responsible thing you can do as citizen of New Eden is to say something if you see this kind of activity in game.

    Report it to us and we'll investigate and action it as soon as we can.

    We will give those involved in botting and real money trading no quarter. Those who harbor these people and profit from it will be stripped of assets and ISK that are gained through illicit means.

    By RMTing, or by harboring people who bot and RMT, you’re contributing to the real-life wallets of people who do not care about EVE, or our community. These are people who destroy the accounts of innocent players, in some instances causing irreparable damage to characters and shattering years of progress for legitimate players who play by the rules and just want to enjoy EVE.

    Most importantly, if you see botting and RMT happening – REPORT IT. Moreover, if you're being told not to report it, ignore this advice.

    Along with account hacking, botting and RMT are the most damaging illicit behaviors that harm EVE Online and all three are sometimes linked together in the same network of scumbags who want to take your stuff.

    While we don’t respond to every individual report of botting or RMT, they’re all taken 100% seriously, and are thoroughly investigated for credibility.

    Aside from reporting botters and real money trading, the biggest help you can provide is not to give these scumbags any business.

    Use Two Factor Authentication!

    We cannot stress this enough – we know how much effort goes into character development in EVE Online, and it’s worth the extra login step to protect your accounts from abuse and damage.

    Protect it all. Enable two factor authentication on all your EVE accounts, and on the email accounts that are verified against them.

    Most hacking cases that we deal with don’t originate from a simple password breach on an EVE Online account – they occur when a player’s email account is hacked, and a password reset request is sent to the email address, which then gives access to your characters and assets.

    You can help keep your accounts secure by using 2FA on both your email and your EVE Online account and reduce the risk of becoming a victim of account hacking.

    For extra security, you can also make sure you use a mobile authentication token to keep code generation on your mobile device and away from your email accounts.

    You can find out more about how to set up Two Factor Authentication here!

    Final Words

    Your feedback matters, as does your reporting of those who're involved in illicit activities in EVE Online.

    We're always happy to see that for the best part, the EVE Community remains vigilant against those who are botting, RMTing and account hacking.

    Keep the reports coming, and we'll keep rooting these guys out as quickly and efficiently as we can.

    We remain 100% committed to keeping up the fight against botting, RMT and account hacking in New Eden, and we'll continue to hit these guys as hard as we can while looking at ways to deter them further as best as we can.

    It can't be stressed enough that while you don't receive a lot of feedback on individual botting reports right now, every report matters.

    As always, we'd love to hear your feedback, so feel free to hit the comments thread for this blog if you'd like to chat more about this blog.

  • Monthly Economic Report - September 2019

    4. October 2019 15:00


  • Invasion Tournament Series

    4. October 2019 12:30


    If you'd like to discuss this devblog, feel free to head on over to the feedback thread on the official forums!

    UPDATE 04/10/2019: Rules and the sign up page for EVE Vegas is now available.

    UPDATE 04/10/2019: Ships & Fittings for EVE Berlin, along with the bracket and information about teams have been released.

    Pilots,

    The EVE Invasion World Tour is taking us to several locations around the globe this year and every event will feature a single elimination 2v2 tournament to find the most bloodthirsty PvPers each region has to offer.

    Brave Capsuleers who decide to take on this challenge will be fighting for more than just the title, PLEX and bragging rights. Every winning team from all seven locations will be invited for a paid trip to CCP’s home in Reykjavik to showcase their prowess in battle and compete against each other at EVE Fanfest 2020!

    For those of you who cannot directly participate in the competition, we have prepared a Prediction Bracket Challenge. This little contest will let everyone submit their predictions for a chance to win one of five prizes consisting of swag and codes for digital items in EVE Online.

    We hope that the EVE Invasion Tournament Series will deliver a solid performance of sportsmanship, destruction and create unforgettable moments throughout the year for all participants and live stream viewers around the world.

    To be clear, this series is not designed nor intended to replace or fill the gap made by the Alliance Tournament taking a break in 2019. Rest assured, CCP is committed to carrying on the tradition of yearly Alliance contests in the future that many players get to love.

    Invasion Tournament Series blog image

    In the meantime, all members of the community who are looking to organize their own tournament are encouraged to reach out to EVE’s community team to discuss ways CCP can support your efforts. We have set aside internal resources to support selected player-organized competitions in 2019 by providing limited Thunderdome support and offering digital rewards to up the stakes whenever possible!

    We’re looking forward to collaborating with you and will be evaluating all requests on a case-by-case basis. Please send an email to communityteam@ccpgames.com at least 90 days before the time you wish to host your event and please include dates, format, desired support as well as any other important information about your proposal.

    This blog will function as a hub to store all the relevant information about the EVE Invasion Tournament Series like brackets, sign-ups, ruleset and links to forum discussions. Make sure to bookmark this page and keep a close eye on CCP channels for more details.

    FORMAT


    • 2v2 single elimination tournament.
    • Best of One (Bo1) bracket with Best of Three (Bo3) Semis and Grand Finals.
    • 32/16 teams limit.
    • A selection of pre-determined ships and fittings that will be different each time and announce 48 hours before the tournament start.


    TIMINGS


    Invasion Tournament Series Blog Table




    EVENTS


    AMSTERDAM 23-24.03
    1. Ruleset
    2. Sign-ups
    3. 'Find Your Wingman' forum thread
    4. Bracket
    5. List of teams, pilots and waiting list
    6. Ships and Fittings


    ST. PETERSBURG 04.05
    1. Ruleset (RU)
    2. Sign-ups
    3. 'Find Your Wingman' forum thread (RU)
    4. Bracket
    5. List of teams, pilots and waiting list
    6. Ships and fittings


    SYDNEY 23-26.05
    1. Ruleset
    2. Sign-ups
    3. 'Find Your Wingman' forum thread
    4. Bracket
    5. List of teams, pilots and waiting list
    6. Ships and fittings


    TORONTO 21-23.06
    1. Ruleset
    2. Sign-ups
    3. 'Find Your Wingman' forum thread
    4. Bracket
    5. List of teams, pilots and waiting list
    6. Ships and fittings


    BERLIN 13-14.09
    1. Ruleset
    2. Sign-ups
    3. 'Find Your Wingman' forum thread
    4. Bracket
    5. List of teams, pilots and waiting list
    6. Ships and Fittings


    LAS VEGAS 25-27.10
    1. Ruleset
    2. Sign-ups
    3. 'Find Your Wingman' forum thread
    4. Bracket (available 23/10/2019)
    5. List of teams, pilots and waiting list (available 23/10/2019)
    6. Ships and Fittings (available 23/10/2019)


    LONDON 23.11
    1. Ruleset (available 02/11/2019)
    2. Sign-ups (available 02/11/2019)
    3. 'Find Your Wingman' forum thread (available 02/11/2019)
    4. Bracket (available 21/11/2019)
    5. List of teams, pilots and waiting list (available 21/11/2019)
    6. Ships and Fittings (available 21/11/2019)