In a blog post, EVE Online developer CCP Games has canceled its upcoming event in San Diego later this year, citing the current COVID-19 pandemic as the reason. This is only a few months after the canceled their premiere event, EVE Fanfest in Iceland earlier this year.
In addition to this move, the Icelandic developer has announced it's canceled its physical events in 2021. This means there won't be an official EVE Fanfest in Reykjavik, as well as the myriad events hosted around the world each year.
This doesn't mean that CCP won't support player-run gatherings, though. EVE Online players who organize community events can receive support from CCP themselves, in the form of active promotion, increasing the dev presence at these events and more.
That said, meeting your space friends in person creates an entirely different vibe than any virtual event. Therefore, we will be increasing our support for community-led events in 2021 by actively promoting player gatherings, increasing dev presence, and providing swag that every Capsuleer will long to have in their collection!
Additionally, EVE Online players will notice that the developer is going to be increasing it's push for unique content on its own Twitch channel, and in 2021 will focus more on creating digital "experiences that everyone can enjoy."
You can check out the full blog post on the EVE Online website. Recently, we had the chance to talk to EVE's Creative Director and Brand Manager about the current state of EVE Online, as well the studio's thoughts on the upcoming player war.