Eve Online’s developers have been purchased by the creators of Black Desert Online for a huge amount of money.
Eve Online is somewhat of a legend in the games community. Created in 2003, the game has been going non-stop for 15 years, and although it’s had several evolutions in that time Eve remains one of the longest-running MMORPGs of all time.
And now Eve is at the center of one of the largest game purchases of all time. Iceland-based CCP Games, developer of Eve Online and a few assorted spinoff games, has just been purchased by Pearl Abyss, a Korean developer responsible for the hit MMORPG, Black Desert Online.
The deal is reported by GamesBeat to be worth a whopping $445 million. Under the terms of the deal, CCP Games will continue to operate as an independent division under Pearl Abyss with offices in Reykjavik, London, and Shanghai.
“We saw a lot of synergy between our plans and their plans and between our cultures and backgrounds and DNA,” said CCP Games CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson. “It might not be obvious of the synergy between an Iceland private company and a Korean public company, but through our games we found we had a lot in common. We came to the conclusion this would be a good time to make the change.”
If you’re wondering why Eve went for nearly half a billion dollars, consider the fact that everything in the game can be converted into real-world dollars with some massive space battles costing players hundreds of thousands of dollars each. There’s a massive, universe-spanning economy that the developers have meticulously ensured remains as authentic to market forces as anything found in the real world.
As for Black Desert Online, the Korean MMORPG came out in 2016 to generally positive reviews and has been steadily growing since then. Today it has over 9.5 million players worldwide all fighting in a high fantasy-style RPG universe. There’s little crossover between the two games’ player bases, but Pearl Abyss must have ambitions that go way beyond the realm of mere fantasy RPG games.
Although CCP Games primary concern has been Eve, they’ve also dabbled in VR games, most notably with the now-shelved Eve: Valkyrie project. Now that Pearl Abyss has access to that technology, they might utilize it to create their own spinoff games with hopefully greater success.
For Eve players, this news will likely just mean business as usual. CCP Games is still in charge even if the people they report to are now based in Korea.