Since its launch in 6 May 2003 by CCP games, EVE Online has come a long way. From a simple sandbox MMORPG, EVE Online is now a complex sandbox that offers a wide variety of activities and roles to cater to different players.
With a PEGI rating of 12, the game shows a slightly more graphic nature of violence towards fantasy characters and a non-realistic violence towards human-like characters.
Originally released as a paid MMORPG, EVE Online offered the free game option on 11 November 2016. Players now have an option to play for free (Alpha Clone State) with limited game features or upgrade to a paid version (Omega Clone State) for unlimited game features.
The Omega Clone State subscription is offered at different rates: one month at $14.95/month; 3 months at $12.95/month; 6 months at $11.95/month; and 12 months at $10.95/month. Players get downgraded to Alpha Clone State the paid subscription is discontinued. They keep all the items, money, and ships earned, but other Omega Clone State game features remain locked unless the subscription is renewed.
The year 2005 marked the first EVE Online tournament. The first tournament was called the “Caldari Championships” while the use of the name “Alliance Tournament” didn’t begin until the second tournament. Even with the name change, the second tournament was sometimes referred to as the “Caldari PvP Tournament”.
Tournament prizes include InterStellar Kredits or ISK (EVE Online’s principal currency), Super Kerr-Induced Nanocoatings or SKINs (applied to change ship colors), and Pilot’s License Extension or PLEX (has a variety of uses and can be sold to another player for ISK).
In 2016, the developers released a mobile app, which is the official companion for EVE Online, called EVE Portal. The app is compatible with both Apple and Android devices and could be downloaded from either iTunes or Google Play.
EVE Portal aims to give players the full EVE Online experience by allowing them to: view simple character information; send and receive emails from EVE Online; track skill training; and use the game calendar. Push notifications keep the players updated with in-game developments.