While Guinness World Records has had to amend its historic achievements in a negative way due to Billy Mitchell’s transgressions, the reference book is adding a new entry recognizing EVE Online, a game that has a knack for incredible feats. The Siege of 9-4, an enormous battle that's also known as the “million dollar battle”, has officially been recognized by Guinness for the most concurrent players simultaneously involved in a single multiplayer PvP video game battle.
A total of 6,142 players participated in the battle and Guinness World Records revealed that it awarded the game’s creators during EVE Fanfest in Iceland this past weekend on April 14.
The battle revolved around Pandemic Horde’s Keepstar Class Citadel. The loss of the citadel would have left the defenders vulnerable without a safe haven, but, after hours of attacks, the defenders kept the Keepstar in-tact. EVE Online players are no strangers to world-changing encounters like this. There was a massive corporation change back in 2009 and a recent act of subterfuge even resulted in some real-life death threats.
If you want to take part in one of the longest running games around, EVE Online can be played for free right now with limited abilities. Check out our exclusive interview that focuses on the Into The Abyss expansion and then try it out and see if you want to upgrade to a full account. Maybe you’ll be a part of the next great war.